Twelve local authors share their stories in this book. Although they all concern the Blount County area, some take the form of creative non-fiction, while others are biography or autobiography. More than one is a scholarly historical essay complete with endnotes and a bibliography. They convey the experiences of Native Americans and African-Americans as well as those of mountaineers descended from European families. This is a beautiful example of the kind of creative programming possible for Friends of the Library groups. The creation of this book was part of a year-long Southern Appalachian Studies speaker series at the Blount County Public Library and a writing course in creative non-fiction led by author and historian Nancy McEntee. Her co-editors for this book are Brennan LeQuire, an Information Services Librarian and local genealogists and Jennifer W. Spirko, the Youth Services Manager of the Blount County Library.
Maryville, Tennessee: Friends of the Blount County Public Library, 2017. 273 pages with an index and photos. Oversized trade paperback