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Wes Hibbert to Speak at Tellico Village Library
Thurs., Feb. 29, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Rose Glen Literary Festival
Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sevierville Convention Center
202 Gists Creek Road
Sevierville, Tennessee 37876
Several Authors Guild of Tennessee members will be among the 50 vendors who will attend and offer their books for sale. AGT member Stephen Lyn Bales will be one of the guest speakers from 11:00 to 11:45. Stephen is a retired Ijams Nature Center naturalist who has written for Smithsonian Magazine and contributed to The Tennessee Conservationist. His first book, Natural Histories, covered the natural history of the Tennessee Valley. His second book, Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner and the Quest for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 1935-1941, told the compelling story of Jim Tanner’s fieldwork on the “Lord God Bird” in the late 1930s.
This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
February 1st AGT Meeting Speaker
Delonda tells us about her experiences growing up in Appalachia in poverty, while being drawn to write at a very young age. She is the founder of AppalachiaBare.com, a website focusing on Appalachian life and stories about it. Her organization accepts submissions and holds contests for writers.
Remembering Victoria (Vicki) Bennett
7/24/51 – 11/10/23
Vicki was born in Columbus City, Indiana, but also lived in Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee. She was first employed as a Medical Technologist and held several other positions in healthcare before earning a law degree at age 36. As she said, “Someone told me I wasn’t tough enough to do it, and that was all it took!” After practicing law for a few years, she went back to hospital work and ended her career as a Risk Manager for a pediatric hospital.
After many years of technical and legal writing, Vicki took some creative writing courses and joined a group of writers who met monthly to critique one another’s work. Her book, Ghosts of the Cove is based on two interwoven stories that take the reader from the Civil War to the present while sharing some of the history and folklore of the Appalachian Mountains and the spirit of the people who settled them.
Vicki joined the Authors Guild of Tennessee in 2020 and enjoyed participating in as many shows and meetings as she was able while being on chemotherapy for long periods. Vicki was loved for her cheerful disposition, sweet nature, and her kindness to everyone. We will miss her.
A memorial service will be held in the new year. Vaughn Funeral Home in Sweetwater handled the cremation and has posted her obituary.
Bobbi Phelps Chapman’s New Book
Africa – On My Own and Unafraid
Eager to taste adventure at age 24, Bobbi traveled to East and Southern Africa in 1967. She had been an international flight attendant but wanted to explore more of the world and at her own pace. The continent of Africa beckoned her.
In this inspiring memoir, Bobbi tells of the joys of seeing lions and elephants as well as zebras and giraffes, all close by in the savannah grasslands. She witnessed tribal Natives in their bright robes, their bodies decorated with colorful beads. For she was lucky to explore Africa when tourism was young.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanljaro five years later allowed Bobbi to experience tropical farmlands, a rainforest, an alpine meadow, a high-altitude desert, and a polar extreme, all within a few days. Join her as she describes the climb.
AGT Monthly Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month
From: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
At: Faith Lutheran Church, 225 Jamestown Blvd, Farragut, Tennessee
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