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Scholars Bookshop hosts discussion and book signing April 9

BOONE—The Scholars Bookshop in the University Bookstore at Appalachian State University will host Patricia D. Beaver and Sandra L. Ballard Wednesday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m. for a discussion and signing of their book “Voices From the Headwaters: Stories From Meat Camp, Tamarack (Pottertown) & Sutherland, North Carolina.” The work is the latest publication from the university’s Center for Appalachian Studies.

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The book of oral histories preserves the stories of three neighboring communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It includes more than 350 pages of reminiscences and photographs about mountain life, kin networks among neighbors, entrepreneurs and collaboration, work and play. Together, the narratives affirm the value of community, document the past and imagine the future.

John C. Inscoe, author of “Race, War, and Remembrance In the Appalachian South,” wrote, “These oral histories speak not only to the power of place and the ever-shifting social dynamic so shaped by it, but also to the power of collaboration, involving decade-long efforts by Beaver, her vast cadre of students, and the many local residents whose voices they’ve captured so effectively. The result is a compelling tripartite case study that contributes much to our understanding of the interplay between Appalachian culture and community, past, present, and future.”

Beaver is the recently retired director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and professor emerita of anthropology. Ballard edits the “Appalachian Journal.” She is a professor of Appalachian studies and English at the university.