Telling Our Story

North Carolina Library Association 57th Biennial Conference
October 16-19, 2007
Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, NC

Lunch Programs -- Thursday, 12 -1:30 p.m., October 18, 2007

New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb

Sharyn McCrumbSharyn McCrumb's award winning novels celebrating the history and folklore of Appalachia have received scholarly acclaim and ranked on the New York Times Best-Seller lists.
McCrumb's great-grandfathers were circuit preachers in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains a hundred years ago, riding horseback over the ridges to preach in a different community each week. It is from them, she says, that she gets her regard for books, her gift of storytelling and public speaking, and her love of the Appalachian Mountains.

“I find that the more I write, the more fascinated I become with the idea of the land as an intricate element in the lives of the mountain people, and of the past as prologue for any contemporary narrative. This connection to the land is personal as well as thematic.”

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