Appalachian Author to Speak at Concord College May 17 Classes of ’52 and 77 to Hold Reunion

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 16 2002

Appalachian Author to Speak at Concord College May 17 Classes of ’52 and 77 to Hold Reunion

Athens, W.Va. - Best-selling Appalachian author Sharyn McCrumb is scheduled to speak at the Annual Alumni Banquet at Concord College on Friday, May 17, 2002.

Sharyn McCrumb is a New York Times best-selling author whose award-winning novels celebrating the history and folklore of Appalachia have received both scholarly and popular acclaim.

Her great-grandfathers were circuit preachers in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains a hundred years ago, riding horseback over the ridges to preach in a different community each week. It is from them, she says, that she gets her regard for books, her gift of storytelling and public speaking, and her love of the Appalachian Mountains.

"My books are like Appalachian quilts," says Sharyn McCrumb. "I take brightly colored scraps of legends, ballads, fragments of rural life, and local tragedy, and I piece them together into a complex whole that tells not only a story, but also a deeper truth about the culture of the mountain South."

She is the author of 17 novels.

Sharyn McCrumb, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, holds an MA in English from Virginia Tech. She has lectured on her work at Oxford University, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Bonn, Germany, and at universities and libraries throughout the country. She lives and writes on an estate near the Appalachian Trail in the Virginia Blue Ridge.

The classes of 1952 and 1977 will be holding their reunions at this year’s banquet.

The alumni banquet will be held on Friday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m., preceded by a social and dedication of the newly redecorated alumni lounge beginning at 5:00 p.m. Ticket cost is $15 per person and the public is encouraged to attend.

Reservations may be made by contacting Concord College Alumni Director Kati Whittaker at 1-304-384-5348 or