Wendy holds a Doctorate in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, is assistant editor for the Journal of Appalachian Studies and currently teaches folk-life programs at UVA Wise in SW Virginia. Author and storyteller Wendy wears many hats. Most likely the one closest to her heart is 'rescuer of abandoned kittens (and cats)' via her organization, Appalachian Feline Friends.
Wendy and her husband, Jack Beck, own and operate the Tales of the Lonesome Pine bookstore in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Many people thought them foolhardy to imagine that a used bookstore could survive and flourish in a SW Virginia small Applachian mountain town. But it did. And four years ago her book chronicling their adventures in operatingThe Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap, was an almost instant big hit with readers.
Come on out, enjoy a networking lunch with fellow Guild members and enjoy hearing more 'tales of the lonesome pine'.
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.