Scenes of the South by Cathy Graves
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It has been a long, hard trip, but the project is completed.
Scenes of the South is an anthology of various works of over twenty authors. The group; "River Valley Writers" converged at one time or other at Russellville, Arkansas to convene with other writers.
Encouraged by the Pope County Library, the writers have use of Heritage Hall, a WPA library building erected in Russellville, Arkansas. Sherry Simpson who is the Adult Programming Librarian worked for years to help, and made sure The River Valley Writers had everything they needed to push through to publication.
A big help to the project was intern Danielle Olema Caldwell. A fellow author, she attends the local university and volunteered to help with the book cover and formatting. She does not have a story in this work, but look for her in future publications.
One of the authors; Hawk Watcher (R.I.P.) aka Bill Hathaway was always a friend of The People, this showed in everything he wrote and how he lived his life. He moved on before the book was published.
There are wide and varied genres included. Many of these are true stories. Some are called fiction, because the truth of them may be too much for the average person. Otis Hibbard is guaranteed to leave you with a laugh.
Lynn Napieralski stories touch deep to the heart.
Adele Williams sparkles with spirit, reaching through veils of time and space.
V. Duwane Ledbetter will leave little shivers down your spine.
Bill Hefley is often laced with history and sorrow. Everything I have ever read of his stays in my thoughts for weeks.
I write beside S Summers, and classical poet Monty Wheeler on writing.com
I have two of my short stories included. They are fantastical. One ends happy, and other not so much. These stories include irony and hopefully leave the reader to think about the characters. I have a favorite quote from 'Strange Butterfly' "... That bastard Higgenbotham has killed you."
All of the poetry and stories included are good. I apologize for leaving any of the other authors out like Jeanie Stone , because they are worth reading.
Robert F. Williams and Richard Merritt both have stories that will stay with you for some time.
Cathy Graves is a scientist and amazing human being. Without her tenacity, this book would not be.
Tamara VanEeckhoutte is already published on Amazon. Larry Tilley is good at descriptive writing. Mariane Horton, John David and S.R. Dantzler write memorable stories.
Pat Bovine another poet brings out the feeling and colors of nature.
If I did not mention anyone, it was an error. Let me know, and I will fix it.
If you buy our book, and come to Russellville, Arkansas on a Tuesday night from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., stop in at Heritage Hall next to the library, and have the crew sign your book. Most of us are at least partially famous in a small town way, and we do love company.
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