Ron Chernow collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the sensational Broadway musical Hamilton. Read more


At first glance, you may not be familiar with the name Jim Rooney. By all accounts, though, you’re probably well-aware of the people, places and things he not only was part of, but also created, championed, and chased after. Read more


Gail Godwin

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Gail Godwin spent formative years of her childhood in Western North Carolina. A keynote speaker at the 2018 Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, she was kind enough to share some thoughts on her upbringing and childhood. Read more


Into the Mist is so named for 13 chapters of tragedy and heroic rescues made all the more chilling because the stories are real. Read more


In terms of literary prominence, Olive Tilford Dargan ranks second only to Horace Kephart among outlanders who adopted the Smokies as home. Read more


On the family farm

Kathryn Ray

It’s a strange thing, the banjo. Some skin and strings. It looks as if its maker couldn’t decide between percussion and chordophone, and just threw the two together. And then there’s this string that doesn’t even reach the full length of the neck. Read more


The better part of a century has passed since the individual who was arguably the finest lawyer and legal mind ever to call Haywood County home was in active practice, and next year will mark a half century since his death. Read more

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