Ashe County Memoirs
In this anthology, 20 writers write stories, essays and poems about this beautiful, sometimes mysterious, county nestled in the corner of North Carolina High Country. Some writers are well-known nationally while others are more locally famous. And some live here (and are Blue Ridge Electric members) while others happily visit to retreat and recharge. Either way, each writer brings his or her words to evoke a vivid sense of the locale. For example, Lee Smith conjures an academic from another century who is studying the local flora, while Clyde Edgerton offers an evocative poem. Sam Shumate fondly remembers his schooling at Warrensville Elementary, a four-room structure filled with colorful drama, while Nicole Osborne recalls quaint mind photographs never formally taken. "Mountain Memoirs, An Ashe County Anthology" is edited by Chris Arvidon, Scot Pope and Julie Townsend. Published by Main Street Rag in Charlotte. Softcover, 153 pages, $12.