a note from Bob...
1. I'll have a collection of short stories in print "sometime in the autumn, if not before," or so Charlie Hughes at Wind Publications tells me. It'll be in trade paperback format, and the thirteen stories to be included have been selected. The title will be Bearskin to Holly Fork: Stories From Appalachia, and we're working on picking a cover photograph. Last Friday, Wind announced the upcoming publication on its webpage.
This just in: Appalachian author Lee Smith has agreed to write an introduction to the collection. Not for nothing does this lady have a reputation of being graciously supportive of other Appalachian writers.
2. Now that the weather is breaking a bit, I'd love to do some readings. If any of you all belong to a book club, or know of a bookstore that might invite me to do such a thing, please email me or call - - 606-784-3140 - - and let's set something up. I'm also open to invitations to organizations that might be looking for a speaker. My last such talk was for the Huntington WV Rotary Club, in January.
3. The current issue of Appalachian Heritage carries one of my short stories. There's also a previously unpublished piece of a novella from Lee Smith, an article by Silas House, and some really fine poetry. If you'd like to order a copy, the magazines are six bucks each, and the point of contact for ordering is:
George Brosi, Editor
P.O. Box 2166
Berea, Kentucky 40404
George would also appreciate hearing from any bookstores that don't currently carry the magazine but would like to.
a message from the webmissus:
Things are moving pretty fast, and I'm sending these out much more often than I had planned.
Putting MP3s on the site for downloads proved to be a popular idea; so popular, in fact, that by the 9th of the month we exceeded our monthly bandwidth! Oops! So the Sampler has moved again, this time to its own domain. I hope this will be the last move for a while... It's still up on the old pages, and may be for a while, but please go ahead and change your bookmarks to:
...and by all means, if you're downloading one of the MP3s do go to the new site.
I'm running a bit behind in my work, so I don't have the newspaper article archived on the site yet, but hope to get to that soon. As always, if you have any suggestions for either the website or the newsletter, please feel free to email me.