a note from Bob...
Events you might care about:
It is not too early to begin planning to attend a couple of literary events in Morehead on June 4th...
That's the day Morehead State University will award the Chaffin Prize for Excellence in Appalachian Writing to the very deserving Silas House. Silas will receive the award, and deliver a brief lecture at 1:00 at the Kentucky Folk Art Center, on First Street in Morehead. If you need directions, please contact me and I'll get you some, though this town is small enough if you can find the city limits, you can probably holler "Hey Folk Art Center!" and somebody will holler back.
Following the Chaffin Award ceremony, from 2:00 until 5:00 Coffee Tree Books in Morehead is sponsoring their fifth "mass book signing." Twenty five or more authors will sign their work. Invitations have been sent, and as soon as something's definite about who'll be there, I'll let you know. This is a great opportunity to meet and speak with authors in an informal, friendly setting. And this will be the first time my story collection Bearskin to Holly Fork: Stories From Appalachia will be available for signing (more about that below).
Thursday evening, April 24th at the Kentucky Folk Art Center, nine folks from Morehead will read the entirety of Dylan Thomas's Under Milkwood: A Play for Voices. This the fiftieth anniversary of the work, so seldom performed this may be the only chance you'll ever get to hear it live. I've got a role in the piece, as do Morehead writers LeeAnn Newton and Carl Albright, and Adrian Swain, Director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center.
From noon until two o'clock on Saturday, May 3rd, the Flatwoods Poetry Society will celebrate its thirty fifth anniversary at the Public Library in Flatwoods. A number of poets will read their work --I'll be one of them-- and there will be a number of special guests. I did a reading at the Flatwoods Public Library a few months ago and if you haven't been there, you ought to go, if only to see what a small community can do for books, if it cares enough. More information about the anniversary celebration can be had from Betty Sparks, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About my book:
Bearskin to Holly Fork: Stories from Appalachia, a collection of fifteen of my short stories, is on track to be published June 1st by Wind Publications. Lee Smith, whose book The Last Girls was #1 on the New York Times' best-seller list, has submitted an introduction to the collection. Among other things, she said,
"The whole Appalachian community of Midland, Kentucky, comes to life in this fine debut collection of tough, true stories, each one hard and dark as a lump of coal. Bob Sloan's straight, plain prose style is perfectly suited to his characters and their lives."
A couple of other writers I'm sure you know have been provided galleys of the book, and hopefully, will provide some cover copy.
One of the stories in the book ("The Window") was short listed for the Raymond W. Carver Short Story Award. Another ("Junior Blevins") is in the current issue of Appalachian Heritage.
If you know of a group, fraternal organization, writer's group, school, club or other organization that might invite me to talk about this collection of stories after its publication, please let me know, or provide my email address --email@example.com-- postal address --110 Baldwin Rd. / Morehead KY 40351-- or telephone number --606-784-3140-- to them. And if you know a newspaper or magazine that would be willing to review the book, let me know how to get in touch with them.