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.
Last week, we shared several seasonal surprises available at farmers tailgate markets. This week, we’re surprised there are even more unexpected finds to be found! Look out for cardoon, sweet potatoes in all shades, and sugar snap and snow peas…
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.
One year ago the deadly and destructive Super-Storm Sandy made its way up the eastern seaboard of the United States. Its' impact was felt in nearly two dozen states, but New Jersey and New York took the brunt of the storm. Rob Young is the Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University. He spoke with David Hurand about his column in USA Today, the rebuilding effort, and the lessons learned one year after Sandy.
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.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week the President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence was in Western North Carolina. Kim Gandy was the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Poverty Forum sponsored by Pisgah Legal Services. Before her address, Trapped by Poverty, Trapped By Abuse, Pursuing Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence, she spoke with David Hurand