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Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol as our Book Club explores Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch.
Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST
Location: Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol
Hosted by Bristol Public Library Executive Director Tonia Kestner and Birthplace of Country Music Museum Head Curator Dr. René Rodgers, the Radio Bristol Book Club airs weekly every 4th Thursday.
Book discussions will dig deep into the feelings and questions raised by each selection, learn more about the authors, and celebrate the joys of being a bookworm!
A book about losing your place, finding your purpose, and immersing yourself in what holds community, and humanity, together—books
Wendy Welch and her husband had always dreamed of owning a bookstore. When the opportunity to escape a toxic work environment and run to a struggling Virginia coal mining town presented itself, they took it. And took the plunge into starting their dream as well. They chose to ignore the “death of the book,” the closing of bookstores across the nation, and the difficult economic environment, and six years later they have carved a bookstore—and a life—out of an Appalachian mountain community.
A story of beating bad odds with grace, ingenuity, good books, and single malt, this memoir chronicles two bibliophiles discovering unlikely ways in which daily living and literature intertwine. Their customers—”Bob the Mad Irishman,” “Wee Willie,” and “The Lady Who Liked Romances,” to name a few—come to the shop looking for the kind of interactive wisdom Kindles don’t spark, and they find friendship, community, and the uncommon pleasure of a good book in good company.
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap will make you want to run to the local bookstore, and curl up in an arm chair with a treasure in bound pages.
Wendy is editor of High Hopes: how Appalachian prescribers and therapists are facing down the opioid crisis (McFarland Press, 2020).
Her previous book is Fall or Fly (Ohio University Press) about adoption and foster care during the Appalachian Opioid Crisis. Listen to the podcast here.
Wendy Welch was named New River Gorge Writer in Residence for 2018! Read all about it here.
One of the people on the left is Wendy Welch, and the other is her husband Jack Beck. It’s up to you to determine who is which.
Yeah we figured you’d have no trouble. Bibliophiles are smart people.