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Radio Bristol Book Club

WITH Rene Rodgers

                Photo of Dr. Rene Rodgers, Head Curator at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum                
Rene Rodgers

12 PM - 1 PM

About the Show

Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol as our Book Club explores Sharyn McCrumb’s Appalachia by Sharyn McCrumb.

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021

Time: 12:00 p.m. – Noon EDT

Location: Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol

Readers from Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the Bristol Public Library are coming together to explore books inspired by our region with this monthly program that airs on 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.

Anyone can join the Radio Bristol Book Club, simply by reading along and tuning in! Look for this month’s selection at your local library and read prior to show. Be sure and join the conversation by emailing your questions or comments to with the subject line “Radio Bristol Book Club Comments” and we may address them on the air!

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! The discussion is often followed by an interview with the author or other related interview.

Listeners may tune in to Radio Bristol at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at, or download the free Radio Bristol mobile app.

Sharyn McCrumb’s Appalachia

A collection of essays on the Mountain South by New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb. Contents include Keepers of the Legends, A Novelist Looks at the Land, The Celts and the Appalachians, Magic Realism in Appalachia, Nora Bonesteel and the Sight, and Reflections on Historical Fiction.

About the Author

Sharyn McCrumb is best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost Riders, which won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature from the East Tennessee Historical Society and the national Audie Award for Best Recorded Book. Her current novels are Prayers the Devil Answers, the story of the last public hanging ever carried out in the United States, and The Unquiet Grave, the story of West Virginia’s Greenbrier Ghost.

Honors include: the 2003 Award for Literature given by the
East Tennessee Historical Society; AWA Outstanding Contribution to
Appalachian Literature Award; Chaffin Award for Achievement in Southern Literature; Plattner Award for Short Story; and AWA’s Best Appalachian Novel.

McCrumb was the first writer-in-residence at King College in Bristol, Tennessee. In 2001 she served as fiction writer-in-residence at the WICE Conference in Paris, and in 2005 was honored as the writer of the year at the annual literary celebration at Emory and Henry College. (She was the first Southern writer to take along a NASCAR driver to that literary seminar – Ward Burton!)