LMU APPALACHIAN READING SERIES PRESENTS AUTHOR ANNE SHELBY
November 27, 2007 - Harrogate, Tennessee, November 27, 2007— Lincoln Memorial University 's (LMU) Appalachian Reading Series will present one of the region's most beloved writers, Anne Shelby, on Monday, December 3, 2007. Shelby will offer a reading to the public at 6:00 p.m. in the Elizabeth Chinnock Chapel on the quad of LMU.
Shelby is the author of poems, essays, folktales, and such beloved children's books as "Homeplace" and "We Keep a Store." She has had three recent publications: "The Adventures of Molly Whuppie," a collection of folktales, as well as a book of poetry, "Appalachian Studies," and her collected essays, "Can a Democrat Get Into Heaven?" The latter two were both finalists for the Appalachian Book of the Year, the first time in memory one author has been nominated for two books in the same year. A storyteller, singer, and actress as well as an accomplished writer, Shelby performs a one-woman show based on the life of folksinger and activist Aunt Molly Jackson. Shelby is also a member of the singing groups The Cosmic Mamaws and Public Outcry. Shelby has taught creative writing at the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts and the Appalachian Writers Workshop at the Hindman Settlement School. She has been anthologized in many books, including "A Kentucky Christmas," "Bloodroot," "Listen Here," and many others.
Author Silas House, who serves as LMU's writer-in-residence and the director of the Appalachian Reading Series, says, "Shelby was a huge hit at our literary festival and we've had many requests to bring her back onto campus, so I hope the public will feel welcome to come out and hear her, too. She truly is one of our region's treasures."
Shelby will be available after her presentation to autograph copies of her work, which will be available to purchase on the night of the reading. Shelby's reading will be opened with a short musical program by Bell County native Jason Howard, widely known for his skills as Southeastern Kentucky's best autoharp player. He is a member of Public Outcry with Shelby.
The Appalachian Reading Series is in its third year. The goal of the series is to provide the area with the most in-demand and popular Appalachian writers of the time while also bringing in writers who are writing about the region and shedding new light on the distinct culture and dignity of Appalachia. For more information, contact the office of University Advancement at 423-869-6432.
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