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We’ll not make it this year to Floyd Fest, where from the Dreaming Creek Stage, World Music will come–more musical notes than the number of ants on a Tennessee anthill–from Nashville and the rest of the planet. Here’s what was said (Miami Herald) about the Floyd music scene, that includes this past weekend’s Wine Down the Music Trail event (Roanoke Times article) held at the same venue as FloydFest on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Larger image here.

Blogger Book Review: Many thanks to David St. Lawrence for offering a kind and perceptive review of Slow Road Home both on his blog (Ripples) and especially for adding it to the Amazon.com reviews of the book–where readers of Slow Road are told they might also like Barbara Kingsolver’s new book–a comparison I’m happy about but BK probably had best not learn of it.

Blog to Book: Slow Road Home was the topic of conversation at Blooking Central where Cheryl Hagedorn focuses her attention to the relationship between blogging and book publishing, gathering examples of all the variety of paths that can take. Cheryl included a bit also of an email reply to her about my experience in the blog-to-book endeavor.

By It’s Cover: I exchanged several emails with a young man in Israel who had found one of my images posted at Fragments back in 2004 that he thought would make a good cover for his forthcoming book. It was interesting there for a while, and I spent a good bit of time trying to make the image work, but in the end, when I told him I didn’t work for free, he decided instead to draw his own cover with a crayon. Just kidding.

Update–8:30 7/11/07! See Gary Boyd’s (North Carolina Mountain Dreams blog) wonderful red jeep and flowers–his contribution for the America’s Roadside Bloomery project started here a few days ago–now featured on Autoblog. Thanks for picking that up, Alex!

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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. Thanks for the acknowledgment, Fred. Congratulations on the book review! And I really understand why folks would covet your images for their books (or blooks) 🙂

  2. I. Love. Barbara. Kingsolver.

    A lot.

    I just got done with “Prodigal Summer” and I feel so satiated. If your book is anything like Kingsolver, it’s worth a look!

  3. I love the developing Roadside Bloomery project (and the new red jeep pic) and look forward to seeing many more photos posted.

    Unfortunately, living in hot and dry So. CA doesn’t provide much in the way of ‘bloomery’ during summer months!