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Summer Book Signing Events Set

Posted by | 05.17.2016

A full slate of “Meet the Author” events is being planned in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer.

North Carolina: Swain County Visitor Center and Heritage Museum in Downtown Bryson City

- Saturday, May 28, 10 am-2 pm, Naturalist, author, and storyteller Ila Hatter will demonstrate “Appalachian Home Remedies and Wildcrafted Herbs” in the pavilion behind the historic courthouse in downtown Bryson City. Along with her demonstration, she will discuss her role in the creation of “Women of the Smokies,” which includes a chapter dedicated to her skills as a wildcrafter. About the book - As told by author Courtney Lix, who brings the 20th female voice in this compilation, readers will learn in three parts how each woman’s strength of character and accomplishments has contributed to the Smokies as we know them today. The book begins by taking readers to a time when all who sought to shape the land were required to possess a degree of vigor and fortitude, not just the men. In the book’s center, a group of talented women make names for themselves by bringing the mountains to the world through their art, crafts, and written words. Finally, a woman’s touch is added to the establishment of this national park, which results in a stronger, more cohesive foundation.

- Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marci Spencer will discuss her book “Clingmans Dome: Highest Mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains.” About the book - Towering at 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome affords the people brave enough to climb up to the top a 360-degree breath taking view of the mountains. Marci Spencer’s book presents the natural and cultural history of this iconic destination through lush narratives and fascinating details. About the author - As a certified NC Environmental Educator, Spencer is a graduate of the Southern Appalachian Naturalists Certification Program and a volunteer educator for Appalachian Bear Rescue. She offers presentations in natural history for classrooms and community events.  

- Friday, June 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Danny Bernstein will discuss her new book, “Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South.” About the book - Danny Bernstein serves as the reader’s national park buddy as she takes you through the seventy-one parks in the South. You’ll meet historic figures, rangers, volunteers, park partners and visitors - the people who bring each park to life. In her attempt to become a Southerner one park at a time, Danny illustrates that every national park has a human story as well as great scenery. In the Smokies, she leads us to long-forgotten cemeteries. About the author - Bernstein’s mission is to get people out of their cars and walking. She’s been a committed hiker for over 40 years, completing the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and many other hiking challenges.

- Friday, July 1 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nancy Pafford will discuss her books, “Cherokee Rose” and “White Feather.” About her books - “White Feather” recreates the atmosphere of the removal of the Cherokee during the infamous Trail of Tears, while the sequel “Cherokee Rose” tells the story of White Feather’s great granddaughter, who faces a similar trail as she, an orphan, learns of her Cherokee Heritage, and in doing so, discovers a new destiny. About the author - After her husband’s death, Pafford retired from teaching in north Georgia and moved to Cherokee, N.C., to pursue her dream of teaching the Cherokee Indian children. Her love for the mountains and the Cherokee culture has deepened ever since.

- Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Bill Hart will discuss his book, “3,000 Miles in the Great Smokies.” About the book - In over 3,000 miles of walking, Hart has recorded experiences and impressions that will delight readers of all ages. Whether exploring some of the most remote sections of the Smokies, angling for trout, meeting mountain folk, or marveling at the flora and fauna around him, Hart has a gift for heartfelt storytelling and a wealth of knowledge to share about the park. About the author - Bill) Hart Jr. is a Western North Carolina native who has a deep appreciation for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. His trips have encompassed Native American paths, early settler routes, abandoned rail grades, all designated park trails, and off-trail excursions into the very heart of the park.

- Friday, July 29, 11 am-2 pm, retired GSMNP wildlife ranger Kim Delozier will discuss his books “Bear in the Back Seat I & II.” About the books - Truth is stranger than fiction, especially when your job brings you into contact with “an extraordinary bear, hormonally-crazed elk, homicidal wild boars, hopelessly timid wolves, and 9 million tourists, some of whom are clueless.” About the author - “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, author of “Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance.”

Tennessee: Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg

- Friday, May 27, 10 am-2 pm, retired GSMNP wildlife ranger Kim Delozier will discuss his books “Bear in the Back Seat I & II.” 

- Saturday, June 4, 10 am-2 pm, Great Smoky Mountains Association sales associate Dan Paulin will discuss his books “Images of Lost Elkmont.” About the book - The ghost-town feeling of the cottages in Elkmont fascinated Paulin and drove his desire to know more about the people who lived in them. Where did these people come from? Why did they choose this spot to come together? What did they do for fun? When did they leave these homes behind? All these questions and more nagged at him, pushing him ever deeper into the pursuit of answers.

- Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carroll McMahan will discuss his book, “Elkmont’s Uncle Lem Ownby.” About the book - As the last leaseholder living within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lem became a legend, selling his honey and offering pearls of wisdom to hikers, writers and even the governor. Lem's principles remained solid, his opinions so unwavering that he once refused to entertain two Supreme Court justices.

- Thursday, June 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nancy Pafford will discuss her books, “Cherokee Rose” and “White Feather.”


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