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We open today’s show with an author interview with South Carolinian Katherine Scott Crawford, who discusses the historical research and development that went into her first novel Keowee Valley.
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a Calendar of Events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
Back at the end of October Blount County, AL celebrated the 30th annual Blount County Covered Bridge Festival. The county bills itself the ‘Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama,’ with 3 remaining historic bridges: the Horton Mill Bridge, the Swann Covered Bridge, and the Easley Bridge.
We’ll wrap things up with a book review of the recently published Listening to the Land by guest reviewer Adam Booth. “It is clear that author Jamie Ross made a strong connection to the people and land during the story collection process,” says Booth. “Some of the stories read like those the landowners have clearly told over and over again to any ears that will listen. But others come from the act of deep, caring listening.”
And, thanks to the good folks at the Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Gilbert McBee in a 1992 recording of Grandfather Clock.
So, call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.