Here's a copy of an email I received today, maybe through the Lee County Chamber of Commerce or the library or whoever (below)...
If you can't make it to the event on Saturday... you can always buy a book or two...
Hello,My name is Joe Tennis. I am the author of a new book featuring LEE COUNTY called "Beach to Bluegrass." It's a collection of photos and stories along U.S. Highway 58, the longest road in Virginia.
In this week's edition of the POWELL VALLEY NEWS, you will find a few paragraphs about my book and my upcoming visit to the Lee County Public Library on Saturday in PENNINGTON GAP on Nov. 3, 1-3 p.m.
I would like to invite you to visit me at the library.This is my first booksigning/lecture event in Lee County for this book. I will be signing copies during that time and speaking, as well, about the project and reading chapters pertaining to Lee County concerning the death of Daniel Boone's son; Joseph Martin's connections to Martin's Station; the Ely Mound cave-in near Ewing; and the Civil War Battle at Jonesville.
"Beach to Bluegrass" also profiles stories ofAdolph Coors' ghost at a hotel at Virginia Beach; how a UFO was seen at South Hill; why Eleanor Roosevelt's father's drinking problems caused so much trouble in Abingdon; the "lost" lake on the New River; and how the Natural Tunnel keeps getting mixed up with the Natural Bridge. My point to "Beach to Bluegrass" is to display the diversity of U.S. 58 - the longest road in Virginia - and share stories about the people and places along the route at Clarksville, Damascus, Mount Rogers, Bristol, Norfolk, Stickleyville and the Great Dismal Swamp. Much of this highway, in Southwest Virginia, is now called "The Crooked Road." I will have advance copies of the book available at the signing. The cost of each is $18.I will also have copies of my previous book featuring Lee County, "Southwest Virginia Crossroads," which is an illustrated history and guide detailing waterfalls, parks and lakes plus stories on how 750 places took their names - from Lee County to Floyd County, including Frog Level, Caylor, Stone Face Rock and Goose Pimple Junction. That book is $26. Also, I am signing copies of my recent ghost story collection, published by Backyard Books in Johnson City. That book, "The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and Virginia," features stories from Honaker, Wise, St. Paul, Big Stone Gap, Johnson City and Abingdon. It is $7. If you are unable to make it but are interested in learning more about any of these books, please visit Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com, or call the publisher directly at (800) 992-2691. All of the books - including "Beach to Bluegrass" (after Nov. 20) - are available at Waldenbooks in the Fort Henry Mall in Kingsport; Barnes and Noble in Johnson City; or B. Dalton Booksellers in Bristol. "Southwest Virginia Crossroads" and "The Marble" are also both stocked at the June Tolliver House in Big Stone Gap and the Mountain Empire Community College bookstore in Big Stone Gap.
Thank you for reading this. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
- JOE TENNIS
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