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Welcome to Plott Hound Books. Just like our namesake, we call these Southern Appalachian Mountains home and are proud to represent them. As Burnsville’s locally owned independent bookstore, we stock a passel of books about the region, from fact to fantastic fiction, poetry, foodways, byways, and more. But that’s not all. We know you love books of all kinds and that’s why our staff is always in dogged pursuit of the best reads around, from the hottest new releases to the most beloved classics, from abecdaries to young adult novels, blank verse to blank journals and… well, you get the idea!

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Find us in downtown burnsville, our location, 102 west main street, burnsville, nc 28714.

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An in-depth history of one of the quintessential hunting dog breeds, the Plott hound.

Though originating in Germany, the Plott hound reached worldwide fame through the contributions of many colorful characters from the Southern Appalachians. Originally brought to America by German immigrant Johannes "George" Plott, the hounds quickly became renowned for their stamina and gameness. Quill Rose - a legendary local outlaw, moonshiner, gunfighter and more - helped cultivate the bloodline for bear hunting, while revered baseball icon Branch Rickey brought national acclaim to the breed through his hunts in the Hazel Creek Watershed. Writer Frank Methven wrote extensively about the Plott hound for decades, and the Methven Award remains one of the most coveted big game hunting awards in the world. Author and breed expert Bob Plott reveals the fascinating people and places that have shaped the history of the Plott hound.

  • Print length 192 pages
  • Language English
  • Publisher The History Press
  • Publication date August 14, 2017
  • Dimensions 6 x 0.31 x 9 inches
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  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1625858361
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1625858368
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.31 x 9 inches
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Ronni Lundy opens Plott Hound Books

Journalist and James Beard award winning cookbook author Ronni Lundy opened Plott Hound Books in Burnsville, North Carolina on April 30th (which happened to be national Independent Bookstore Day).

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The store carries hundreds of new titles from the latest best sellers to classic reads, cookbooks , mysteries, historicals and a full section devoted to Appalachia. Located at 102 W. Main Street their hours will be 10-6 Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4 on Sunday.

You may also shop online through the site. We have added this bookstore to our cookbook store page and if and when events are scheduled, we will be sure to include them on our calendar.

Per the site: “And with James Beard Award winning author Ronni Lundy at the helm, you can bet our cookbook and food section is smashingly curated.”

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January 5, 2023

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When the noted Appalachian food writer and editor Ronni Lundy wished that her small town of Burnsville, North Carolina, had an independent bookstore, she did the logical thing. She opened one. Not quite a year after launching Plott Hound Books , she shares her insights on bookselling—and plenty of insider tips on the local food scene.

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How did you come to open Plott Hound Books?

Every September, Burnsville hosts the Carolina Mountain Literary Festival . It’s really intimate and brings in stars such as Barbara Kingsolver and Charles Frasier and also some brilliant lesser-knowns. Anyway, based on festival attendance and also the type of books I saw being donated to our local library, I realized I was living in a seriously book-loving community. In 2019, I asked Asheville’s great independent bookstore, Malaprop’s, about doing a holiday pop-up bookstore in Burnsville, and it was very successful. It looked to me like the town could support a full-time store, but it didn’t make sense for Malaprop’s to do it. Through the grace of some friends who love bookstores in general and Burnsville in particular, I opened my own brick-and-mortar bookstore downtown last April, and it’s been a blast ever since.

What’s the significance of the name Plott Hound?

We wanted a name that spoke of the region, since one of our big draws is our Southern Appalachian section. We talked about Redbud or Dogwood Books, but eh . Then I thought of North Carolina’s state dog, the Plott Hound, a breed originated in the Blue Ridge–Smoky Mountains area in the 1700s by a German immigrant. It’s an intrepid hunter, especially of bears. So there’s that, and then there’s the pun factor of a store by and for “plot” hounds. I love that the settler was from Germany, because it complicates the stereotype that all Southern Appalachian people are from a single European gene pool in Northern Ireland, and if there’s one thing I aim to do, it’s to complicate and challenge stereotypes about the region.

What are your reflections as you approach your first anniversary?

First, that the indie-bookstore community is so supportive—everyone has been so generous with time and information. That said, every indie is different, a reflection of the interests and quirks of the community. So you have to pay attention to what your community is into, and build your store from that. Plus all the books you love yourself, because you’ve got to sell from the heart.

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What are some recent books close to your heart?

If I started in on books I love, it would go on forever. But okay, recent: The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn. I call it the anti– Downton Abbey because it takes place on an estate in England, mostly between the World Wars, but instead of being proper, the family is dysfunctional and every character is fascinating, and it’s funny and you can just curl up in it like a comforter. Also Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra. It’s lyrical and bawdy and full of the love of words and the craziness of the love of people. The book I have been sipping from in the very few down times at the store is Bob Dylan’s The Philosophy of Modern Song . What a blast just reading the index of the fifty songs he’s picked to write about.

As for cookbooks, I sell lots of Bress ’n’ Nyam and Mosquito Supper Club because the food is good and the stories are even better. Both Red Truck Bakery cookbooks have been huge sellers. Once I get time to cook again, I’m going to adventure into Masa by Jorge Gaviria and Cooking with Mushrooms by Andrea Gentl.

Is there a book you’re anticipating in 2023?

I am most looking forward to getting my hands on Praisesongs for the Kitchen Ghosts , Crystal Wilkinson’s cookbook-memoir-magical-realist-historical-fiction work that comes out in February. To my knowledge, it will be the first cookbook based in the Black Appalachian experience since Malinda Russell’s groundbreaking cookbook from 1866. Plus it’s Crystal—her  Birds of Opulence  is one of the most beautiful, moving novels ever written. Oooo, just talking about this makes me bounce up and down in my chair.

Beyond visiting Plott Hound Books , what are some favorite things to do in Burnsville?

Burnsville’s food scene is starting to simmer. We’ve got several places you can get good Southern food, from livermush and burgers at the diner Bantam Chef to the plate lunch at Pig & Grits to the slightly elevated, locally sourced dining at Cast Iron Kitchen ; they make cornbread from a sixth-generation family farm’s fresh-ground Jimmy Red cornmeal. Homeplace Beer Company is a genuine community hub with music, and when its Hog Hollow wood-fired pizza ovens are cold on Mondays, there are great food trucks like The Scarlet Bee and Root Down . Oh wow, that reminds me that we have a new food truck at the—not making this up—Crazy Car Wash called Las Cruces that has a vegetable tamale to die for. But the big deal is this: The historic NuWray Inn is being restored from the foundation up, and new owners Amanda and James Keith are bringing the dining room back to its glory days, so they’ve hired executive chef John Stehling who, with his wife, Julie, primed the pump in the Asheville food scene twenty years ago when they opened Early Girl Eatery . The renamed NuWray Hotel ’s dining room won’t open until later this year, but word is that John will be dishing up breakfast, lunch, and small plates from an adjacent location by early spring.

Wow. What about when we can’t eat another bite?

I realize everybody isn’t motivated by books and food to the extent that I am. Many come to Burnsville for the mountain air, views, and hiking. Mount Mitchell in Yancey County is the Appalachian’s highest peak. And for the art. Yep, I said art. The Penland School of Craft , about fifteen miles out of town, is going on a century of schooling and supporting artists and craftspeople. If you make a rough diamond shape out of Burnsville, Spruce Pine, Bakersville, and Celo, there are more than 150 art studios, many internationally known and at least one MacArthur Fellow among them. The Toe River Arts Council sponsors semiannual studio tours, and there are numerous galleries that showcase the work—most notably pottery and glass, but also fabric arts and painting. I could go on, but hey, you should just come on over and see for yourself.

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