Sunday, June 12, 2011

Authors Get Around

Some of the authors who will be at the Mountain Spirits Arts Festival were at the Authors on Grayson tent at the Galax Leaf & String Festival on June 11. The following pictures will give you a preview of the books they'll be bringing with them to Rocky Mount on October 1. Most of the authors have books  related in some way to the Appalachian region.

Dick Raymond will have Blue and Gray Ballads with him at the Valley Writers table.

Michael Abraham will have several books with him . . .

. . . including his new book, Harmonic Highways, Motorcycling Virginia's Crooked Road. You can read some samples of Mike's work here.

Story-teller Linda Goodman will have her book Daughters of the Appalachians with her.

And she'll be one of the story tellers in the Franklin County Library. In the photo below, she's telling one of her stories at Chapters Bookshop, the sponsor of Authors on Grayson.

Another story-teller who'll be at Mountain Spirits is Charles Lytton

Besides writing New River: Bonnets Apple Butter, and Moonshine (the Raising of a Fat Little Boy)—a book that's part reminiscence, part cookbook—Charles is also a story-teller. 

He tells stories every summer at the 4-H camp on Smith Mountain Lake. Below, he's telling a story inside Chapters.

Karen J. Hall has written books about the Blue Ridge Parkway.  

She'll have both her books,  Building the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Parkway—Postcard History Series, available at Mountain Spirits.

And I'll have my books there, too.

Ferradiddledumday is an Appalachian retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin tale. Stuck is a novel that takes place at Smith Mountain Lake.

Y'all come see us!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Piedmont Writers

Among the organizations with a table under the writers tent is the Piedmont Writers Group, which meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville. I'm not sure how many members will be at the table, but I do know that three will be there: Lynn Dudley with her handmade bookmarks, Margaret Adkins with her delightful memoirs, and Dorothy Hemenway Carter with her new YA novel.

Below, Chloe the kitty contemplates their books. Both books give glimpses into what life was like a few decades ago. One is true and the other is fiction—but rings true. I enjoyed reading both.

Two's Company is 88-year-old Margaret's continuation of her first memoir,  Echoes. When I received the book from her, she said, "Now, it's not edited—It's just the way I talk." Because her delightful voice came through so strong, I could forgive the occasional typo. I felt like I was sitting right there with her while she described her life and travels. Margaret has a wonderful sense of adventure, and—at an age when many would be content to stay home—she's traveled widely both in Europe and America.

Dorothy's novel, Facing Fallout, was her thesis in Hollins University's Graduate School of Children's Literature. Though classified as Young Adult, this coming-of-age novel will also appeal to older readers—especially those who remember the late 60s early 70s. Sara, the oldest child in a large and close family, gets a job at the local newspaper the summer before her senior year and learns a lot about life as well as newspaper reporting. When one of her brothers becomes seriously ill, Sara suspects the cause. Rich in family values, Facing Fallout successfully captures the concerns of a young girl and the way things were forty years ago. You can read the first chapter here.

Both writers used print-on-demand companies to publish their books, Margaret through Xlibris and Dorothy through Createspace. If you're interested in do-it-yourself publishing, I'm sure both would be glad to tell you about their publishing experiences.