Thomas Wolfe House in Asheville, N.C.

Thomas Wolfe House

Mayor Terry Bellamy of Asheville, N.C., yesterday spoke about her city at the Innovative Cities Conference. One of the important attractions is the Thomas Wolfe House, the childhood home of the author immortalized in his novel “Look Homeward, Angel.” Read about the memorial and programs at the Wolfe House here.

I spoke to the Mayor about the Wolfe-Kerouac connection, which she had not heard about. He was one of Kerouac’s early influences, and Kerouac’s first novel, “The Town and the City,” reflects his admiration for the older author’s style.