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"The Risen"

3 Cheers for Local Literature

This year, the muses of literature by North Carolina authors served up a feast of nectar and ambrosia, which—were I not speaking metaphorically—would make for some sticky reading.



“There are things that only pot likker can cure & times when what actually matters can be spooned on to a plate — the savories & the sweetest of things that simply taste like my North Carolina home.” — Sheila Smith McKay, Home in Mind more

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Beulah Sudderth’s (1922-2011) epitaph reads: “Following in her Savior’s footsteps, she lived a life of service for others.” As anyone who knew this remarkable woman would attest, that poignant inscription is completely accurate. more

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That spring the late afternoon thunderstorms had become such a regular occurrence that Eddie and I knew the minute those fast moving black clouds made the sun blink the first time that we needed to head for the house. more

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Queens Creek Lake

Greg Passmore

Queens Creek Lake is part of a lot of stories in my family. My great grandmother, Cora McMahan, sold land to the old Nantahala Power Company to build the dam for the lake. My father grew up there camping and fishing when he was a boy. more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Freezer Burn

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

The icicles hanging along the porch roof looked like stalactites we had seen when we visited Cudjo Cavern, outside Middlesboro. It was cold and the morning sun was as bright as July at Myrtle Beach. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

With the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934, early park bureaucrats attempted to rewrite history by presenting the land largely as a primeval wilderness instead of preserving the folkways of its bustling communities. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

In Over the Plain Houses, Atlanta writer Julia Franks gives us a powerful story of a disintegrating marriage, social change, and religious struggles, all set in Southern Appalachia. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads