Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, February 28, 2019 – June 15, 2019
Women’s work. The phrase usually conjures up domestic duties or occupations largely associated with women—such as teaching, nursing, or housekeeping. The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection upends those associations. By bringing together materials from across the centuries, Baskin reveals what has been hidden—that Western women have long pursued a startling range of careers and vocations and that through their work they have supported themselves, their families, and the causes they believed in.
Malaprop’s Café has evolved into the meeting place in our town. Our café boasts a literary menu, with treats from local bakeries and organic, fair-trade, shade-
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!
Asheville BookWorks has always been so fortunate to share a creative path with a lot of wonderfully talented folks. As we approach the final quarter of operation as a public studio we will be especially aware of the importance of all the support we receive from so many amazing people across this country and abroad.
Celebrating the literary legacy of 7 authors who passed away before the publication of their work.
Reading, writing, publishing, and selling books are gifts. There are rewards in all the aspects of this craft and trade, and all are necessary for success. Curiously, many of us are pulled into this path and never leave it. I have been honored to have found this path early in my life. My parent’s library replaced my need for toys. I was never bored. Retreating to the cool, quiet room of books was, I realize now, my safe place.
This collection begins with clear-eyed reportage on the heartbreak and devastation in the lives of women, historical and contemporary. The universal implications of their fate serve as “frame” for the rest of the book as the poet, in strikingly spare language, takes impassioned aim at the complexities of love, marriage, and society. “She has chosen to follow her own light and report what her vision discovers…with a dark mordancy that is tonic and enviable.” Fred Chappell “Nancy Dillingham writes…with a beautiful balance of concision and eloquence.” Ron Rash “History, the land, and family beckon with a ‘finely formed hand.’ ” Katherine Soniat Click here for more information
Shining Rock is a mountain in Appalachian North Carolina; we choose it as a title for our anthology because of its metaphorical properties. As co-editors, we come to poetry with a strong commitment to the literary traditions that challenge readers to become continually educated by poetry.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Publisher’s Weekly – February 26, 2018 – starred review
In this courageous, personal book, Peters, a Presbyterian minister and religious studies professor at Elon University, argues that abortion is used to shame women, control their bodies, and manipulate their choices.
BLOG from the Representation Project with Jennifer Seibel Newsome
As the news about Junot Díaz spread across the twittersphere Friday morning, I was disappointed but not surprised. How could I be? I’ve known, on some level, about this abhorrent behavior since I first picked up The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as a senior in high school.
Lisa Unger Baskin Collection – Duke University Libraries “The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”
The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection arrived at Rubenstein Library in April 2015. Carefully assembled over forty-five years by noted bibliophile, activist, and collector Lisa Unger Baskin, the collection is a transformative body of material documenting women at work. In Baskin’s own words,
“The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”
Write Here. Write Now.
Through our Literary Calendar, we look forward to coordinating with regional writers and writers’ organizations so that writers in our community know about all of the wonderful events and opportunities available to them.
This third installment of Sarranda’s saga leads her to the poignancy and heartbreak of an unexpected new marriage. In the mountains of Jackson County, NC, Sarranda continues to run her mill, renew and strengthen old and new acquaintances—especially her circle of strong, determined women with whom she continues her legacy of doggedly shepherding them to self-realization —and her discovery of the redemptive, healing power resulting from her one extraordinary and selfless gift of love.
The paperback is available from Celia for $13.95 including postage at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarranda’s Legacy Kindle Edition
An incubator for creative breakthrough, fundamentally focused on the artists’ book and print arts. Asheville BookWorks, a community resource for print and book arts, hosts the Vandercooked Poetry Nights reading series.
By Ron Charles in the Washington Post
Poetry is hot — a lot hotter than you might think.
The share of adults reading poetry grew by an astounding 76 percent between 2012 and 2017, according to a newly released study from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Some 28 million adults reported reading poetry in 2017.
The results are even more dramatic for young people. The percentage of poetry readers age 18-24 doubled during that period. Continue reading
Did you know the North Carolina Writers’ Network offers an ongoing critiquing and editing service for its members? Through this program, Network writers have the opportunity to open a dialogue about their work with established writers and editors of varying backgrounds and areas of expertise.
Whether you write fiction or essays, poetry or travelogues, there is a critiquer waiting to help you and your writing take that next step.
FEATURED WORK “Be Nobody’s Darlin’ : Womanism as an Early Response to Racism within Feminism,and Sexism within the Civil Rights Movement
By Freesia McKee – Warren Wilson College 2009
Author’s Statement: I got my start in activism back in my hometown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1. From womanish. (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e., frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color. From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “You acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman. Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered “good” for one. Interested in grown-up doings. Acting grown up. Being grown up. Interchangeable with another black folk expression: “You trying to be grown.” Responsible. In charge. Serious.
When I opened the doors of Malaprop’s thirty years ago on June 1, 1982, the first people who walked in the door were a threesome–Marnie, Sandi, and Gretchen. My first customer was a gentleman. We talked for a while and he purchased the Selected Works of Herman Melville, the Random House edition.
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