Book Ends: Authors in Floyd This Weekend

What We Hold in Our Hands
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I’ve told you about the Market Breakfast tomorrow morning (830 and 945 seatings) and the all-day downtown Floyd Jubilee centered at Lineberry Park between the Floyd Country Store and DogTown Pizza. But you can also meet four authors and buy their signed books while you’re in town.

Tonight, Michael Abraham will be hosting a reception at Bell Gallery from 5 to 7 pm. He’ll have all his books, but featuring his latest: Harmonic Highways: Motorcycling the Crooked Road.

Tomorrow at the Floyd Country Store, from 2 to 5 pm, find three authors near the famous Friday Nite stage: Joe Tennis, Charles Thompson (new book release!) and Fred First. That last guy will also have his 20 Floyd County photographic note cards on display and for sale, while he watches folks buy the other guys’ books.

I think we’ll also be doing some readings from the stage at roughly 3:00, so come by and say hello, and leave with an autographed copy of a local author’s book or books!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Charlie Thompson will also be doing a reading at the library tomorrow at 1 PM. Authors everywhere!