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sheville storyteller series continues Saturday with Stone, Glenn



7/9/2012 - Asheville storyteller series continues Saturday with Stone, Glenn
by Asheville Citizen Times

Storytellers return to Pack Place on Saturday

 ASHEVILLE - The ongoing Stories on Asheville's Front Porch series will next feature storytellers Pat Stone, spinner of Jack Tales, and VixiJill Glenn for a free event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Rhino Courtyard at Pack Place, downtown. Enter from Biltmore Avenue by Marble Slab Creamery.

 On July 21, the series concludes its 2012 summer season with WNC teller Michael Reno and Asheville Storytelling president Wallace Shealy at 10:30 a.m. in the Rhino Courtyard.

The events are free but donations will be accepted for the Ray Hicks fund in memory of Hicks' contribution to mountain storytelling. To learn more, visit

The series is sponsored by the N.C. Center for Creative Retirement, Pack Place, The Asheville Storytelling Circle, Charlotte Street Computers, DARN, White Pine Acupuncture and The Creperie Bouchon.

Talk about book on classical music at library

WNC author Ed Nielsen will discuss his recent book, "Classical Classics," at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Etowah Library, 245 Brickyard Road.

The book contains 126 reviews of classical albums and 10 essays on classical music. Thursday's event will include readings and a Q&A. Call 891-6577.

Asheville author publishes book on Naval Academy

ASHEVILLE - Vicki H. Escudé has written a book about life in and around the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis titled "USNA Life! Families, Homes and Treasured Memories of the United States Naval Academy."

The book details life on the academy "yard" for military personnel as well as their families, and how the military leaders of today have been shaped by the academy's past.

Escudé, now an Asheville executive coach, lived with her family on the Parade Field from 1991-95.

In her book, more than 200 Naval Academy graduates, superintendents, commandants and other personnel detail their experiences on the Yard. "USNA Life" covers the academy from its beginning in 1845 to the present. Included are 28 pictures.

Escudé is CEO of Executive Leadership Coaching, LLC, specializing in life coach training, executive coach training and advanced coach mentoring, and is the author of several coaching books and articles.

Blue Ridge Literacy Council commended

HENDERSONVILLE - The Blue Ridge Literacy Council has announced that April monitoring by the N.C. Community College System resulted in the council meeting all 13 required program practices for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

"Blue Ridge Literacy Council is to be commended for its services to students and its desire to strive for improvement," the report states.

The report was the result of the visiting NCCCS team reviewing records and interviewing staff, tutors and students.

"Some of the highest scores came in the areas of contextualized learner-centered instruction, the use of a wide-range of learning modalities during instruction, the curriculum for the our citizenship class, and monthly programs for tutors along with instructional info found on our website," said executive director Steve Kirkland.

The council is evaluated every five years. It provides education to adult learners in reading, math, writing and speaking English. Students are matched with trained volunteer tutors. To learn more, volunteer or ask about services, call 696-3811.

The next orientation for new tutors will be 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 7. Learn more at

U.S. poet laureate to publish prose memoir

NEW YORK - The nation's new poet laureate will be telling her own story, in prose.

Natasha Trethewey is working on a memoir, currently untitled, that has been acquired by Ecco. The publisher, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced Monday that the book is scheduled to come out in 2014.

The 46-year-old Trethewey is the daughter of a white father and black mother. The memoir will tell of her childhood in the American South in the 1970s and '80s.

Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her collection "Native Guard." This fall, she begins a one-year term as U.S. poet laureate.

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