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Hal Crowther speaks in Abingdon

Posted April 1st, 2019 in Uncategorized

Hal Crowther, the celebrated essayist, speaks Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m., at the Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, Virginia.  His appearance is part of the annual “Sunday with Friends” series of literary events.

Crowther’s new book, “Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers,” is a collection of profiles of some of the best and brightest of a recently departed generation of Southerners.

The title comes from something Molly Ivins wrote, “I don’t have children, so I’ve decided to claim all the future freedom-fighters and hell-raisers as my kin.” Ivins is one of the hell raisers profiled in this collection, along with James Dickey, John Hope Franklin, Doc Watson, Judy Bonds and others.

Novelist Richard Ford said, “Crowther’s astute and affecting portraits make me think there might be something in the South worth preserving, after all.  What he’s so very, very masterful at – and no easy trick – is describing ‘goodness’ itself, and making it plausible.”

Crowther’s social and political commentary is published in national and regional outlets, from Time to the Atlanta Constitution, to the Oxford American. He is the author of four other collections of essays, including “An Infuriating American” and “Cathedral of Kudzu.” He was a finalist for the Magazine Award and for the National Book Critics Circle prize for criticism and for nonfiction.

He is the husband of the beloved Appalachian writer, Lee Smith, and they live in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

The Friends of the Washington County Public Library sponsor the “Sunday with Friends” literary series. All events are free and open to the public. They include receptions, book sales and signings. Credit cards are accepted.

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