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“The Chateau and the Boardinghouse” Discussion Leader: Dan Pierce, Chair, UNCA Department of History
Now is the perfect opportunity to dip into the work of Wilma Dykeman by reading excerpts from her book The French Broad. A monthly Wilma Dykeman Book Club, sponsored by The Wilma Dykeman Legacy, will meet at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site. Each month, a different local authority will lead the club in discussion of a pre-selected chapter from The French Broad. The Wilma Dykeman Book Club meetings will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 5:45. You don’t have to attend all club meetings to be a member. Just read the selected chapter, show up at the corresponding meeting, and be prepared for an informative and provocative conversation.
Wilma Dykeman was born in 1920 just north of Asheville near the head of Beaverdam Creek. For 60 years, she wrote and spoke eloquently in support of environmental integrity, civil rights, the Southern mountaineer, and women’s rights. Wilma Dykeman’s 1955 classic, The French Broad describes the social and cultural history of the French Broad River. The book presents the first full-fledged economic argument against water pollution ever written, and broke new ground in the use of oral history.