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Introducing the Fall Conference Exhibitors: Part III

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference, November 8-10 in Asheville, is a weekend to celebrate the written word. We always say, only partly in jest, that you better bring an extra suitcase along, in order to cart home all the books and schwag you’re going to want to inevitably buy! We’ve been introducing […]

A New Radio Show for Writers!

Tune in Monday, October 21, from 5:00-6:00 pm, to WPVM 103.7 FM Asheville to hear the very first episode of the brand-new show “Writers Talk, with John Shore.” The show will air every Monday and then be re-broadcast, schedule TBD. Not in the Asheville listening area? That’s ok! You can stream the show live from […]

Additional Hotel Options for Fall Conference

We just got word that the block of rooms at the Fall Conference hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, is full–or almost. If you haven’t yet booked your room, you can go ahead and try to do so at the conference venue using this link. If you find the hotel is full, there are plenty […]

Malaprop’s Changes Ownership, but Not Its Vision

After thirty-seven years, Emöke B’Racz, the founder of Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe in downtown Asheville, will step down as majority owner, effective immediately. She hands the reigns to longtime employee Gretchen Horn, who is now majority owner of Renaissance Bookfarm, Inc., which owns Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and Downtown Books & News. Emöke will remain as founder […]

Black Mountain Press and the Worthiness of Lofty Ideals

What is it about Western North Carolina that inspires independence, creativity, and a desire to buck the system? What is it about those hills? In Swannanoa, the Flood Gallery Fine Art Center houses fine art in the Courtyard Gallery; hosts a monthly open mic; and is home to the venerable Black Mountain Press, established in 1994. […]

Orison Books Journeys Toward Enlightenment

“It is a uniquely gratifying feeling to be able to present the work of a writer in an extended form—the form of a book,” says Orison Books founding editor Luke Hankins. “Which is perhaps a more durable form.” It is this sense of longevity, of the longview, of the certainty that centuries-old spirituality still has […]

In Asheville, an Indy Audiobook Publisher

Audiobooks are the new growth market for publishers, increasing sales between 20-30 percent each year. On top of that, indy-published e-books accounted for just north of 35 percent in Q4 in 2016, while e-books published by “small and medium presses” made up another 18 percent. Meaning half of all e-books sold in Q4 were of […]

Broadway’s “Bright Star” Shines on Asheville

A couple things piqued my interest when I saw that a new musical, “Bright Star,” written by Steve Martin with music by Edie Brickell, was set to open on Broadway. First, I’d always wondered what had “happened” to Edie Brickell, who seemed to have completely fallen off the radar after producing what were, in my […]

Hotel Options for Fall Conference

Please note, the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, site of the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, has no more guest rooms available. They are currently sold out. However, there are several great hotel options well within walking distance. For starters, this is the Doubletree’s sister property, and you can use the code “NC Writer’s Network” to secure […]

Asheville: It’s a Cool Place

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2015 Fall Conference runs November 20-22 in Asheville. Yeah, you know. Asheville. A little town in the mountains. Western North Carolina. Biltmore Estate. Most breweries per capita. Foilage…. Check out this video and dream a little. We’ll see you there.