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Mother's Day Book Signings scheduled

Posted by | 05.04.2015

If your mother enjoys an afternoon of reading, especially on the topic of the Great Smoky Mountains, then Great Smoky Mountains Association has just the thing to brighten her day this Mother’s Day weekend.

Former Great Smoky Mountains National Park ranger Kim Delozier combines comedy with mayhem and just right touch of serious discussion about his years of serve in wildlife management in both “Bear in the Back Seat I & II.”

“Kim DeLozier is a modern day Daniel Boone whose experiences with wild bears, wild hogs, people and other critters demonstrates that untamed frontiers still exist in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee,” said Stephen Herrero, Ph.D. and author of “Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance.” “His book presents a southern style armchair adventure that is fascinating to read about but was often a challenge to be part of.”

Delozier will sign copies of his books from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, TN, on Saturday, May 9.

Then, on Sunday, May 10, George Ellison and Libby Kephart Hargrove will sign copies of GSMA’s Kephart Collection from 1-3 p.m. at the Swain County Visitor Center in downtown Bryson City, NC. Ellison – an author, naturalist, poet and Horace Kephart scholar - along with Libby Kephart-Hargrave - herself a playwright, composer, author and great-granddaughter of Horace and Laura Kephart - will sign copies of "Our Southern Highlanders," "Camping and Woodcraft," and "Smoky Mounain Magic."

GSMA in fall 2014 released a new edition of “Our Southern Highlanders,” the classic collection of essays on mountain life and lore by author Horace Kephart, who lived in the Hazel Creek and Bryson City areas from 1904 to 1931 and advocated for the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mt. Kephart, Kephart Prong, Kephart Prong Trail and Kephart Shelter are all park features named for him.

 “This expanded third edition includes eight articles written by Kephart that were not included in any of the earlier editions,” said Steve Kemp, GSMA’s interpretive products and services director. “Newly included are stories featuring rifle making, moonshiners and revenuers, mountain culture, and Kephart’s feelings regarding a proposed new national park in the Smokies.”

“From the high divide that marks the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee I heard the snort of a locomotive, one of those cog-wheel affairs that are specially built for mountain climbing,” Kephart wrote. “With a steam-loader and three camps of a hundred men each, it was despoiling the Tennessee forest. Slowly, but inexorably, a leviathan was crawling into the wilderness and was soon to consume it."

Sales of all these titles support the mission of GSMA, which since its inception in 1953 has given more than $32 million to support the ongoing educational, scientific and preservation efforts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.



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