Lena McNicholas, “Patchwork,” New Dominion Bookshop Sept. 9

The Virginia highlands in Southwest Virginia

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Coming to New Dominion Bookshop:

Reading, Discussion, and Book-signing

Thursday, September 9, 2010, at 12:15 PM

Patchwork: Pieces of Appalachia

by Lena Cantrell McNicholas

Lena Cantrell McNicholas loves Southwest Virginia. In her first book, Patchwork—Pieces of Appalachia, she recalls the small Appalachian town of her childhood and the eclectic characters within it. She writes about her memories in a series of poems, stories and vignettes.

Lee Smith, author of Oral History and Fair and Tender Ladies, said, “This fine collection … takes us through Lena’s exciting life of love, adventure, devastating loss, high principles and new beginnings, finally back to her beloved southwest Virginia and the complexities of life alone—all of this told with severe honesty and sweet lyrical grace. Lena knows who she is and where she comes from, and she knows how to tell a good story, too. All you have to do is sit back and listen.”

Elizabeth Doyle Solomon, author of Seasons, says that “McNicholas has written a book from her heart, for the hearts of us all.… Patchwork is a book for today that carries those precious pieces of yesterdays, a book to pass down to the inheritors of tomorrows.”

Lena McNicholas has received numerous awards for her original work and was Poet of the Month for A Magazine December. She is an active member of the Appalachian Poets and Writers, the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, Inc., and the Poetry Society of Virginia.

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5 Responses

  1. Splendid book!

  2. There are two dates given for Lena’s reading and book signing. Is it September 8 or 9? Both dates are listed.

  3. Hi, Margaret. It’s September 9 — I messed up my calendar entry. Thanks for catching that!

  4. Lena and I both were born in southwest Virginia; “as the crow filies” we lived very close to each other. Our early life stories have similarities, thus, reading her book, Patchwork, has been a cheerful walk down memory lane for me. Lena’s book aptly, colorfully, and lovingly “peels the onion” about life in Applalachia.. Her poems are succinct “slices of life.” Her book contains wonderful gems about frizzled hair, switching of legs, beauty contests; her first bra, and carbide miner’s lamps. Don’t miss reading it!

  5. A storyteller of the first order, with a sense of humor and an abiding enthusiasm for people.

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