Thomas Wolfe’s Sugar-Mama

A tour through the iconic Thomas Wolfe Memorial house in downtown Asheville and the accompanying Visitor’s Center will give you an in-depth look at Wolfe’s ‘Altamont,’ the fictional name he gave to his thinly veiled description of his hometown in his paramount work Look Homeward, Angel. During your visit you will learn how tourism in Asheville in the first part of the 20th-century led Wolfe’s mother Julia to buy the ‘Old Kentucky Home,’ in order to capitalize on the boom, and how the house and his family shaped Wolfe’s prolific writing, which by the end of his career amounted to a million pages, although the majority were edited out of final works.

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Amy C. Manikowski is a writer, bookseller, trail-diverger, history buff, and pitbull lover. She graduated from Chatham University with a MFA a while ago, and after wandering aimlessly settled in Asheville NC.

One voice is all it takes…

…and sometimes, it’s the wrong voice. In this local case, it took only one very vocal complaint from Lisa Baldwin, a former school board member and parent, to interrupt the 10th grade honors English class at Reynold’s High School from reading The Kite Runner. “This is the first documented parent objection to this text,” said Susanne Swanger, Buncombe County Schools’ associate superintendent. The book was temporarily pulled from the curriculum a week ago after Baldwin’s complaint claiming the book’s elements … Continued


Asheville, NC Nonprofit Believes Everyone Deserves a Good Book

The POP Project finds new homes for used books.

An Asheville, NC-based nonprofit, the POP (Pages Opening People) Project collects secondhand books to redistribute within communities in Western North Carolina and across the Southeast. It’s a mission not only to find new homes for the books, but to make “homes” for people who might otherwise not have access to books.

“Growing up, books were always a part of my home. Even when we may have had to cut back on other things, books were always a necessity, like bread or milk,” said Sarah Giavedoni, POP’s director of donations. “When I learned that there are homes in my community that have no books, or people who for one reason or another cannot get a library card, I knew I had to get involved. I can’t imagine living in a home without books. It just wouldn’t feel like home to me.” (more…)

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books. You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie's Pocket.

"A Cover Story" for Biblio

Image credit to Julia Ritchey and Mountain Xpress
CEO Brendan Sherar (and a Biblio bookshelf with assorted books and games from staff members.)

Mountain Xpress features Biblio.com

Check it out!

While wired readers load up their iPads, Kindles and Nooks with summer reading, one online marketplace is keeping the pages turning for hardcore bibliophiles. For 10 years, Asheville-based Biblio.com has connected collectors around the globe with used and rare books, growing to become, by some measures, one of the top-three online used-book sellers.

Since Biblio has now entered its tenth year of bringing bookseller and customers together around the world, the local, independent Asheville paper Mountain Xpress asked to interview our CEO Brendan Sherar, and President Allen Singleton.  The resulting article covers our history, our present, and our vision for the future.  Read the article directly on their site.  Thanks, MountainXpress!

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books. You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie's Pocket.

In the Spirit of Independence

An Editorial by Aaron Gunn In 2006, Tower Records filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy while Virgin Megastores around the world closed their doors. The culprit was the proliferation of on-line retail outlets, downloadable media, and portable media players, highlighting the obsolescence of a business model whose main selling point was convenience and selection. Barnes & Noble, on the other hand, rode high in the fourth quarter of 2006, after steady growth for the past two years. Despite its seeming vulnerability to the … Continued