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Congratulations to librarian Elizabeth Williams on the publication of Appalachian Travels: The Diary of Olive Dame Campbell!
In 1908 and 1909, noted social reformer and “songcatcher” Olive Dame Campbell traveled with her husband, John C. Campbell, through the Southern Highlands region of Appalachia to survey the social and economic conditions in mountain communities. Throughout the journey, Olive kept a detailed diary offering a vivid, entertaining, and personal account of the places the couple visited, the people they met, and the mountain cultures they encountered. Although John C. Campbell’s book, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland, is cited by nearly every scholar writing about the region, little has been published about the Campbells themselves and their role in the sociological, educational, and cultural history of Appalachia. In this critical edition, Elizabeth McCutchen Williams makes Olive’s diary widely accessible to scholars and students for the first time. Appalachian Travels only offers an invaluable account of mountain society at the turn of the twentieth century.
American folklorist Olive Dame Campbell (1882–1954) was the author or coauthor of numerous books, including English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. In 1925, she founded the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Elizabeth McCutchen Williams is research librarian and assistant professor at Appalachian State University.
"A compelling account of turn-of-the-century Southern Appalachian society and culture based on the first impressions of an outsider who would later become a key interpreter of the region to the world beyond. Appalachian Travels is both an invaluable historical resource and a terrific read." — John C. Inscoe, author of Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South
"Olive Dame Campbell’s fascinating and entertaining diary contains much of the first-hand evidence gathered for the Campbell’s essential study, The Southern Highlander and His Homeland. It sheds new light on John and Olive Campbell but also on social conditions and daily life in Southern Appalachia, and the educational and religious work of protestant denominations in the area in the early twentieth century. Williams’ enlightening introduction and authoritative annotations greatly enhance the value of this work: a significant addition to Appalachian scholarship." - Fred J. Hay, Anne Belk Distinguished Professor and Librarian of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University
Date: October 2
Location: Broyhill Event Center, Helen Powers Ballroom
A conversation with noted author Barbara Kingsolver, founder of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, and authors Hillary Jordan and Naomi Benaron, winners of the prize for their books Mudbound and Running the Rift, will be held Tuesday, October 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Helen Powers Ballroom of the Broyhill Events Center.
An informal reception will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase and signing. This is a free event.
Pictured: Barbara Kingsolver (above), Hillary Jordan, Naomi Benaron, and Kathy Pories, editor.
Celebrate Banned Books Week @ Belk Library and Information Commons
With award winning authors Chris Crutcher and Lauren Myracle
Tuesday, Oct. 2 @ 7:00 pm
On-campus attendees: Belk Library Rm. 421
Virtual attendees: AETZone’s Belk Library Forum
Chris Crutcher, winner of numerous writing awards, including the Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Coalition Against Censorship and New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle will be speaking to us virtually in the AETZone.
Chris Crutcher, one of the most frequently banned authors in North America - a fact he considers an accomplishment, rather than a drawback - is the author of fourteen books -- eleven novels, including his latest PERIOD 8, two short story collections and an autobiography. Prior to his work as an author, he taught school in Washington and California and was acting director of an Oakland alternative school for nearly a decade. That academic history, coupled with 25 years as a child and family therapist specializing in abuse and neglect and 30 years as a Spokane Child Protection Team leader, has infused his literary work with realism and emotional heft. His signature blend of tragedy and comedy has made him a favorite with teen and adult readers.
Lauren Myracle, one of the most challenged authors in 2009 and 2011, is the author of many young-adult novels including ttyl, ttfn and Shine all New York Times bestsellers. Myracle was born in Brevard, NC and grew up in Atlanta, GA. She earned a BA in English and Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Later she earned an MA in English from Colorado State University, where she taught for two years, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. A portion of the proceeds of the book sales from her latest novel Shine benefits the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Chris Crutcher’s books in the Belk Library
Lauren Mryacle’s books in the Belk Library
On September 18, the library will be making an important upgrade to its Integrated Library System software. This will unfortunately cause a service outage while work is being done.
From approximately 11am to 6pm on Tuesday, Sept. 18, the following services will not be available:
On-campus access to article databases will be available through a temporary portal -- we will link to this webpage prominently on the library's website.
Library staff will be on hand to help patrons locate materials during the service outage. Please do not hesitate to ask a librarian if you need assistance.
We regret the inconvenience this will cause.
The new software will provide greater functionality with the power of a more modern software architecture. It will give us greater flexibility to create new services and better meet the changing needs of our users.
The life and accomplishments of playwright Romulus Linney will be celebrated during the event “Romulus Linney: Back Home in the Mountains” Sept. 20-21 at Appalachian State University.
The event includes a craft talk on writing for the stage, a panel discussion on being an actor in professional theatre, master classes for theatre majors which will be open to the public, and the dedication and opening of the Romulus Linney Papers and Exhibit in Belk Library and Information Commons.
Actors, a playwright, a poet and Linney’s relatives will lead the programs. All events are free unless otherwise noted. In some cases, registration will be required.
Thursday, Sept. 20
2-3:15 p.m., “The Craft of Writing,” panel discussion with poet and professor Louis Asekoff and writer Leslie Maslow, moderated by Dr. Susan S. Cole. Belk Library and Information Commons Room 114.
Friday, Sept. 21
8:30 a.m., Coffee and registration for the day’s events begins.
9-9:20 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
9:20-10:45 a.m., “Being a Working Actor in Professional Theatre,” a panel discussion with playwright and actress T. Cat Ford and actors Paul L. Coffey, Scott Sowers, Adrienne Thompson and David Van Pelt, moderated by Keith T. Martin, Blackburn Distinguished Professor of Theater in the Department of Theatre, Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom.
11-11:50 a.m., concurrent sessions: “Signature Theatre and the Non-Profit Regional Theatre Movement in America” with James Houghton, Belk Library and Information Commons Room 114; Beginning Level Master Acting Class with Paul L. Coffey for Watauga High School students, I.G. Greer Studio Theatre; “Writing Place,” a craft lecture with Leslie Maslow and Dr. Derek Davidson from Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Room 421 Belk Library and Information Commons.
Noon-12:50 p.m., concurrent sessions: “The Surprise Social Entrepreneur,” a craft lecture with Laura Callanan, wife of the late Romulus Linney, Belk Library and Information Commons Room 114; Intermediate Level Master Acting Class with T. Cat Ford and Scott Sowers, I.G. Greer Studio Theatre; Advanced Level Acting Master Class with David Van Pelt and Adrienne Thompson, I.G. Greer Studio Theatre. The public is invited to view the master class.
2:30-3:30 p.m., Master class for select theatre majors with Laura Linney, Valborg Theatre. Limited seating is available for the public and tickets, which are free, are required. Visit http://www.library.appstate.edu/collections/sc/linney.html and click on register.
4-5 p.m., Dedication and opening of the Romulus Linney Papers and Exhibit with speakers Frank Coffey, who was a cousin of Romulus Linney, and Dr. Susan S. Cole. Paul L. Coffey will read from Linney’s unfinished novel and Dean of Libraries Dr. Mary Reichel will speak, Belk Library and Information Commons Room 114. Refreshments will be served in the library’s room 421.
7:30-9 p.m., “Romulus Linney … Back Home in the Mountains: A celebration of Romulus Linney,” with Louis Asekoff, Paul L. Coffey, T. Cat Ford, James Houghton, Scott Sowers, Adrienne Thompson and David Van Pelt. Valborg Theatre. Admission is $25. Tickets are available from the Valborg Box Office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by calling 800-841-2787 or 828-262-3063.
9 p.m., Champagne and dessert reception, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, $25. Tickets are available from the Valborg Theatre Box Office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 800-841-2787 or 262-3063.
Linney, author of more than 30 plays and three novels, died in January 2011 at the age of 80.
His inspiration for his early works was drawn from his ties to northwestern North Carolina. Although he was born in Philadelphia, Linney lived in the South until age 13, including Boone and Tennessee, where his father was a doctor. He spent time in Boone with his cousins Frank Coffey and the late Armfield Coffey, both of whom he considered brothers. Armfield Coffey was publisher, along with his wife Rachel Rivers-Coffey, of the Watauga Democrat newspaper.
Linney also maintained ties to Appalachian State University and its Department of Theatre and Dance. In 1998, the department produced his play “Heathen Valley,” about a 19th-century Episcopal bishop who brought the word of God to a remote region of North Carolina. The play was adapted from Linney’s novel of the same name.
Linney traveled to Boone to talk with the student actors about the play. In 1995, Linney received an honorary doctorate from the university and was the speaker at the undergraduate commencement that year. He was the Belk Distinguished Lecturer in the summer of 2005.
He was commissioned to write the play “Hisself,” loosely based on Appalachian’s cofounder B.B. Dougherty, which was premiered on campus during the university centennial celebration in 1999.
Linney’s other plays with Appalachian themes are “Holy Ghosts,” “Tennessee,” “Sand Mountain” and “Gint.” He also wrote “Old Man Joseph and His Family” (1978), “The Captivity of Pixie Shedman” (1981), “The Sorrows of Frederick” (1991), “Ambrosio” (1992) and “A Lesson Before Dying” (2000) based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines.
The Romulus Linney collection includes his correspondence, manuscripts, working copies of his works with notes, and a collection of his published writings and research materials. The donation also includes photographs of his productions and of family members, recordings of his lectures, production posters, theatre programs from his produced plays, reviews, and awards and honors.
Faculty and Graduate Student Research Services Fair Friday Oct. 19, 2012 1-3 PM Plemmons Student Union, Blue Ridge Ballroom
The library will be offering orientation tours for first year seminar and transfer students from August 27 through September 6. Any other student who would like to attend is welcome as well! The tours will take approximately 45 minutes.
The schedule is:
Monday - Thursday at 3:00, 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Please meet by the dancers statue in the Atrium of Belk Library.
If you have any questions about the tours, please contact Amanda Bird at 828-262-2085.
Join us for an exciting program and learn about the plays of the late Romulus Linney on Tuesday, August 28th at 6:30pm at the Watauga County Public Library. Dr. Susan S. Cole, professor emerita and former chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance will present a lecture titled "The Appalachian Plays of Romulus Linney," to be followed by a community conversation with opportunities for area residents to share memories, stories, and anecdotes about Linney. Light refreshments will be provided.
This program precedes a two-day event in late September that is part of the Dedication and opening of the Romulus Linney Papers in Belk Library and Information Commons.
Visit our event pages for more information.
The library launched its new website over the weekend. We are joining the many colleges and departments around the university using the content management system Drupal. This software makes it easier for us to update and maintain the library websites.
We would love to hear what you think of the new library websites. We are constantly working to make our sites easier and more pleasant to use. We will continue fine-tuning the site based on our users' feedback.