Special to the Register
MADISON COUNTY —
On Friday, “Appalachian Heritage” will celebrate the release of its Fall 2013 issue with featured author Amy Greene who will be reading at the event.
Greene’s debut novel “Bloodroot” was met with widespread critical praise when it was released in 2010, with the Boston Globe describing it as “masterful” and Orion magazine calling it “a testament to the strength of deep roots and the fragility of old ways in an increasingly paved-over world.”
A chronicle of how rural Appalachian culture and traditions mark a family for four generations, “Bloodroot” received the 2010 Weatherford Award for Fiction from the Appalachian Studies Association.
Her second novel, “Long Man,” will be published in February. An excerpt from the novel appears in the new issue of Appalachian Heritage.
Greene lives in Russellville, Tenn., Hamblen County, where she was born and raised.
Also presenting at the event will be Rebecca A. Keck, featured artist of the Fall 2013 issue. Keck, who lives in Bean Station, Tenn., is the sole proprietor of Fine Art Photography by Rebecca.
For her photographs in Appalachian Heritage, she traveled to Newman’s Ridge in Sneedville, Tenn., along with writer Toby D. Gibson, taking photographs of the area’s Melungeon community.
Gibson has an essay in the issue.
Appalachian Heritage is a literary quarterly devoted to the literature and art of Southern Appalachia. Founded in 1973 at Alice Lloyd College, the magazine has been published by Berea College since 1985.
The event celebrating the new issue will take place at the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center of Berea College, 205 N. Main St., Berea. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 7.30 p.m., followed by Greene and Keck’s presentations at 8 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public.