Join us for the next program in the Buchanan County Public Library’s Speakers Series Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 6 P.M.

Dr. Amy Clark, the Co-Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at UVA Wise, will serve as the host for an evening with authors, Leah Weiss and Rita Simms Quillen.

Leah Weiss is a Southern writer born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. Her successful debut novel If the Creek Don’t Rise tells the story of Sadie Blue, a young wife struggling in Appalachia.  Her latest novel All the Little Hopes follows thirteen-year-old Lucy Brown as she tries to solve a curious crime in small town during World War II.

Rita Simms Quillen is a novelist and poet from the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia.  She is known for her novel, Hiding Ezra.  Set during World War I in southwest Virginia, Hiding Ezra is the story of a simple farmer, Ezra Teague, who is forced to choose between fighting for his country and taking care of his family. She has been a finalist for Weatherford Award in Appalachian Literature.

Copies of Leah’s and Rita’s books will be available for purchase on the night of the event and audience members will have an opportunity to have them signed.

Currently, the CDC is recommending masks for everyone attending indoor events regardless of vaccination status.  Masks will be available if needed.

The Buchanan County Public Library Speakers Series is funded in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.

For more information, please contact the library at 276-935-5721.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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