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Saving Granddaddy’s Stories: Ray Hicks, The Voice of Appalachia by Shannon Hitchcock

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Ray Hicks (1922-2003) was the most authentic and celebrated teller of Jack tales and other mountain tales of his time which -  largely due to his old-time charisma – was the time when old-fashioned story telling became a powerful movement. He lived his whole life in the same house on Beech Mountain not far from Boone, North Carolina. The title refers not to the author, Shannon Hitchcock – or a protagonist of her book -  being the grand-daughter of Ray Hicks, which she is not. Rather, it refers to the mission of Ray Hicks, who absorbed his own grandfather Ben’s tales, passed down to him in the 1800s, and authentically re-telling them to his audiences. The author, a North Carolina native, has recently moved to Asheville. She is the author of four middle-grade novels.

New York, Reycraft Books, 32-unnumbered pages. Illustrated in full color by Sophie Page. 11.75” X 9.25” hardback in dust jacket.