Patty Nichols moved to Big Stone Gap from Richmond, VA in 1986 where she had worked in Research and Development for Reynolds Metals Company. After she moved to Big Stone Gap she worked as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of Kennedy's Piggly Wiggly Stores, Inc., located in Coeburn, VA, and as Director of Human Resources, for ten years. She became General Manager of Work Force One Tri-Cities, Inc., for nine years, leaving there to serve as Executive Director for the original Appalachian Authors Guild until 2007, when grant monies were no longer available for support staff.
From 2005-2007 as Executive Director of the AAG, with the assistance and support of the AAG Board of Directors and members, Patty solicited additional grants, sponsorships, foundation gifts, planned book signings, initialized the participation of the AAG in the Virginia Highlands Festival, held book fairs, fund raising events, television advertising, the opening and management of an AAG bookstore in Abingdon, internet books sales, and all accounting functions.
She has served on the Board of the Appalachian Authors Guild off and on for many years. Following her stint as Executive Director of the Appalachian Authors Guild, from 2008 until 2012 she was Russell County Conference Center Manager. In that position Patty supported authors by assisting them to participate in several events at the Center.
Billy (Bubba) Crawford, owner of Bubba's Book Swap, 331 E. Sullivan St., Kingsport, TN has been most supportive of local authors for several years. He displays books by local writers at the front of his store. Email Billy Crawford, or call and thank him for all his help.