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FOR RELEASE


                  UK Libraries Dedicates James Still Papers


       LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2007) − The University of Kentucky Libraries will
dedicate the papers of esteemed Appalachian author James Still at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct.
21, in the Great Hall of Special Collections and Digital Programs in the Margaret I. King
Building.
       Still, who died in 2001, left a collection that contains nearly 50 cubic feet of
material including literary manuscripts, notes, correspondence, memorabilia, newspaper
clippings, photographs and personal records. The acclaimed author of "River of Earth"
and several other novels and books of poetry depicting life in Appalachia, Still produced
much of his writing in his two-story log house on Dead Mare Branch of Little Carr Creek
in Knott County, Ky. Internationally recognized for his literary accomplishments, he was
a librarian and teacher at the Hindman Settlement School.
       The dedication program will include “James Still, American Writer,” a panel
discussion led by UK professor and author Gurney Norman. Other panelists will include
James Still biographer Carol Boggess; former Berea College Appalachian Center
director Loyal Jones; and Appalachian poet and essayist Anne Shelby.
       In addition, the program will feature “The Source of the River: James Still’s
Literary Legacy,” a talk by author Ted Olson, associate professor at East Tennessee
State University. Olson is the editor of "From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and
Collected Poems" by James Still, which was published by the University Press of
Kentucky. Noted Appalachian musician and storyteller Randy Wilson, who collaborated




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with Still on theatrical adaptations of his fiction and poetry, will present a musical
performance.
        The Still Papers dedication is free and open to the public. A reception will follow
the program. For reservations, please call (859) 257-1742 or e-mail
eedwards@uky.edu.
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