The Latest Stories


Book Feature: Kiss of God

Kiss of God: The Wisdom of a Silent Child first gained attention in 1999 when its author, Asheville resident Marshall Stewart Ball, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Read more

Digital Heritage Moment: Normal Schools

Calling a school “normal” may sound strange to our ears today. But in the 19th century, when the quality of most schools was very low, it referred to a movement to raise educational standards by setting a “norm,” or a standard, for all schools to follow.

Read more

The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.