|For Book Groups
Whether a formal book club, or an informal gathering of avid readers, groups across the country are reading and discussing Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad Novels. A great deal of background information is provided within this Web site, including:
Essays: About the Author and the Ballad Novels
Details of Sharyn's biography. Short Stories and Critical Essays
In addition, Discussion Questions are available for these books.
"The Ballad of Tom Dooley" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"The Devil Amongst the Lawyers" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"She Walks These Hills" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"The Rosewood Casket" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"Once Around The Track" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"St. Dale" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"Ghost Riders" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"The Songcatcher" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"The Ballad of Frankie Silver" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" [download Word file] [download PDF]
Additional resources are available to provide insight into McCrumb's work and its place in the general collection of Appalachian literature.
Virginia Book Festival Authors Share Thoughts
by Jann Malone, Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 27, 2005
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From a Race of Storytellers: The Ballad Novels of Sharyn McCrumb
Kimberley M. Holloway, editor
This book is a first-of-its-kind treatment of the ballad novels of Sharyn McCrumb. It contains articles and essays about all aspects of McCrumb's work, including literary criticism, interpretation, and practical suggestions for teaching the ballad novels.
Teachers from the United States and abroad have long asked for a good source book to help them in their quest to teach the ballad novels and to open the culture of the Appalachian Mountains as it really is to their students. From a Race of Storytellers: Essays on the Ballad Novels of Sharyn McCrumb has been compiled to fill this need.
From a Race of Storytellers will also be attractive to the general reader who wants to read more about the characters who inhabit McCrumb's fictional Hamelin, Tennessee, and to better understand the events that occur there. Through essays written by fourteen different scholars of McCrumb's fiction and one by McCrumb herself, readers will gain a deeper understanding of the real southern Appalachian mountains, not just the popular image. Like McCrumb, each author is committed to examining what it means to live in Appalachia.
Kimberley M. Holloway grew up in Cookeville Tennessee. She attended Tennessee Technological University (BS) and East Tennessee State University (MA) and presently lives in Johnson City TN. She has been a teacher, writer, and copyeditor. She is now Associate Director of Communications and Lecturer in English at King College in Bristol, TN. She has two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie.
Order From a Race of Storytellers from Mercer University Press,
or call (800) 637-2378 ext. 2880. In Georgia, call (800) 342-0841 ext. 2880.
Appalachian Literature, Appalachian Culture
Written by Judy Sizemore, Edited by Ginny Eager
Although written as a tool to encourage teachers and students to explore the concepts of Appalachia culture, book groups may find it useful as well. She Walks These Hills is highlighted in this book.
Order Appalachian Literature, Appalachian Culture from the Jesse Stuart Foundation.
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