Author Ann Patchett’s new book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, is a deeply personal collection of essays that explore Patchett’s familial, romantic, professional, and even canine relationships.
While Patchett is perhaps known best for her novels Bel Canto or State of Wonder, she also has an extensive career writing nonfiction.
Here, Patchett discusses how writing nonfiction shaped her fiction; what it was like to compile the book; and her role as an inadvertent spokeswoman for independent bookstores.
November has arrived but the Arts and Culture scene is still in the mood for Halloween and a bit more of October. Tony Kiss stops by with some tips on what to do in the days ahead. High on his list, the late great Hank Williams comes alive on stage, Bluegrass with special guest David Holt, and several new movies, including a film from Saudi Arabia. Tony also reports that the Christmas Holiday season is underway at the Biltmore Estate.
Halloween is ghost, goblins, costumes, and cash. Annual candy sales in the U.S. are in the billions. A Chicago based research firm that compiles candy sales data reports that Reese's , which is part of the Hershey Company, is number one with annual sales of nearly $510 million, M & M's is next with annual sales of nearly $501 million , M & M's is one of the lines sold by Mars, and third in annual sales, Snickers witch is also manufactured by Mars. David Hurand has more on our appetite for candy.
The independent film It's Not You, It's Me was written, directed, and produced by Asheville native Nathan Ives. Ives has followed an unusual path to become a Los Angeles based film maker and he is taking a novel approach to marketing his film. He spoke with David Hurand.
Lots to do, so little time! An electronic music festival, a benefit for the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort featuring David Holt, an evening of Jazz in Waynesville, live theater, and new movies, including a couple of documentaries. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of the entertainment offerings as we approach Halloween.
Western North Carolina enjoys another big weekend of entertainment. The sold out LEAF Music Festival in Black Mountain highlights the weekend, but there's lots of food, music, and theater to choose from. Tony offers some of the highlights.