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Author discusses memories of Appalachia at The Avid Reader

Davis author Lena Cantrell McNicholas will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, to discuss her memoir, “Patchwork: Pieces of Appalachia.”

McNicholas loves southwest Virginia. In “Patchwork,” she recalls the small Appalachian town of her childhood and the eclectic characters within it.

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Who: Lena Cantrell McNicholas, author of “Patchwork: Pieces of Appalachia”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26

Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St.

According to McNicholas, “reading, writing and performing have been vital parts of my life as long as I can remember. I find great joy in sharing my stories. My greatest writing influences have been Appalachian Heritage and Now and Then (magazines), Lee Smith, Lou Crabtree, Ron Rash and a long list of Appalachian writers …

“My friends in Appalachian Poets and Writers in Abingdon listened and encouraged my efforts enough for me to continue.”

McNicholas, now living in Davis, has a love of travel that has led her to live and work in Venezuela, Nigeria and Texas, where she began her writing journey. She has won various competitions and been published in Appalachian Heritage, Coalfield Progress, Abingdon Virginian, Appalachian Women’s Journal, Clinch Mountain Review, A Magazine, Wind 94 The Hindman Issue and The Blue Ridge Anthology.

She also was a finalist in a poetry competition sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Freedom of Expression.

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