Public Relations http://w2.uky.edu/UKPR/ CONTACT: Bill Marshall, (859) 257-8371; or Whitney Hale, (859) 257-1754 ext. 229 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 An Equal Opportunity University 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 email@example.com. ### In striving to become a Top 20 public research institution, the University of Kentucky is a catalyst for a new Commonwealth – a Kentucky that is healthier, better educated, and positioned to compete in a global and changing economy. For more information about UK’s efforts to become a Top 20 university, please go to http://www.uky.edu/OPBPA/Top20.html.
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