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2011 Tennessee Young Writers Workshop with Amy Greene

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Published on Jul 14, 2011

Clarksville, TN -- Up in the foothills of East Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, a few old timers still tell folk stories of spirits and curses. The fog that hangs low over their porches and sloping front yards lends a mystical quality to their words. It's as if these men and women live in the secluded last bastion of a magical world, untouched by the modern influence of science.

But the novelist Amy Greene doesn't see anything unusual in these communities. For her, that area is home and the beliefs of her neighbors and family area simply a way of life.

Those influences are clearly present in Greene's debut novel, "Bloodroot" -- a family epic centered on the mysterious, and possibly cursed, character of Myra Lamb. At 7:00pm on July 13th, Greene visited Austin Peay State University's Morgan University Center and shared a bit of Appalachia's mystique during a free reading and book signing.

The event was sponsored by Humanities Tennessee and The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and is part of the Tennessee Young Writers Workshop.

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