Saturday, July 17, 2010

Writers from the Southern Appalachian Mountains

writers from
the Southern
of a new
of stories,
essays, and

Edited by
Nancy Simpson

Introduction by
Robert Morgan.

Philip Sampson of Blairsville, GA made the photograph.

Katja Holmes of Atlanta formatted the book and designed the cover.

Steven Harvey, professor of English at Young Harris College and author of three books of personal essays, generously offered use of his work for the anthology. Kathryn Stripling Byer, former N.C. Poet Laureate, and Bettie M. Sellers, former Georgia Poet Laureate also donated three poems each.

Thomas Rain Crowe of the Tuckasegee community in western North Carolina, author of twenty books of original works, anthologies, and recordings also offered his essay, "Triple Negatives: Losing A Language."

Gary Carden, renowned playwright and story teller from Sylva, NC donated the proceeds from a special production of his play, "Birdell," to NCWN West to help with costs involved in publishing Echoes Across the Blue Ridge. Two of Carden’s stories appear in the book.

The anthology is dedicated to the memory of our Appalachian ballad poet Byron Herbert Reece. Two of his poems are included.

Questions and Answers:

How can I buy a copy?

Check your local bookstores in these North Carolina
counties: Cherokee County, Curiosity Book Store in Murphy

Clay County, Phillips and Lloyd Book Store on the square in Hayesville,
Jackson, City Lights Book Store and

Blairsville, Georgia, The Book Nook.

Copies may also be sold in bookstores in Haywood,
Henderson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania and on Qualla Boundary

or order on line at

How much does it cost?


How can I get my contributor's copy?

Contact your N.C.W.N. West representative listed at top NCWN West site to get your

or get your contributor's copy at one of the anthology celebrations. Ask your
NCWN West Rep. for book signings and celebration information in your county.

The big party is scheduled at City Lights Book Store, Sylva, North Carolina,
August 8, 2010, 5:00 pm. Jackson County members and Kathryn Stripling Byer,
NCWN West's Program Coordinator will host the event.


My Carolina Kitchen said...

Nancy, I can't wait to lay my hands on a copy. You've done such a marvelous job of bringing this wonderful book from its raw beginning to its gorgeous end. I say bravo to you dear lady.

Nancy Simpson said...

Thank you, thank you. I believe you will be very happy when you get your copy. You get contributor's copy. I believe you can get that at the party or contact your
Cherokee County Rep. Mary Ricketson.

Tipper said...

Nancy-I've read over half of it-and I LOVE LOVE it! You all did such a wonderful job-it's going to be one of my favorite books of all time : )

Carole Thompson said...

Nancy, This is just a beautiful book. Your editing deserves so much credit. I am so proud to show it to my friends and family. People really like the cover, too.
A little girl picked it up, smiled and said, "Ooooh, it feels so good!" Indeed,this book does something wonderful to all the senses. Thank you, Nancy, Carole T.

Paradoxus said...

I recently wrote a blog post on Reece. I had no idea there would be any other traffic on him in the blogosphere. Well done!