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We open today’s show with guest book reviewer Crystal Good. “Laura Long’s newly published Out of Peel Tree,” she tells us, “is a novel in stories about a contemporary Appalachian family that follows a grandmother, Essie, and her lineage from Peel Tree, West Virginia to a Texas town and all the places of life in between. The book opens with a connected characters family tree – Essie, Eva, Darlene, Billie, Hector, Corina, Joshua – each of whom own chapters in this book that the academy and critics love.”
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.
Next, we’re pleased to offer an excerpt from Jim Rada’s newly published Lock Ready, the 3rd book in his historical novel series Canawlers, about the lives of those who worked and lived on the C&O Canal. “David could smell creosote and wood and hear men talking and laughing as they worked on the canal boat. He had once been surprised that Cumberland, MD, which was a city in the mountains, had a reputation for shipbuilding, but after working on the canal, he knew it was deserved. From here, the canal boats could be ordered by individual captains or the Consolidated Coal Company and launched at the canal basin to be filled with coal.”
We’ll wrap things up with a personal plea from writer Renea Winchester to help save a historic western NC homestead. “Recognizing the historic significance of the Monteith property, the citizens of Dillsboro have rallied to protect this home. Their plans: to create an Appalachian Women’s Museum. A place of honor where our children, your children, and children from all over the world can come and learn about the heritage of the area and, in doing so, learn something about themselves. That’s where you and I come in.”
And thanks to the good folks at Columbia Records, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from the Roane County Ramblers in a 1928 recording of Southern No. 111.
So call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian history.