JCC Hosts Circuit Writer
(For additional information, please contact Rebecca Phillips, associate professor of English, 304-424-8282.)
West Virginia native, world traveler and author June Langford Berkley will share her writings in a presentation at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, at West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Jackson County Center.
The free program, "Telling the Untold Stories," invites the audience into the closets and attics of memory and imagination. Drawing on her forebears’ legacy, Berkley uses antiques, artifacts and family memorabilia to weave 13 generations of family history into a celebration of the storyteller’s art.
A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the presentation.
A former high school teacher and college professor, Berkley is the author of "Shannagany Blue," a series of stories and novellas set in West Virginia’s 56th county, the county of her imagination. Robert Pope of the University of Akron calls the book "an important event in American letters."
She is also a founder of the "Books Our Children Read" program, the subject of a PBS documentary. Currently, she is at work on another collection of fiction.
"Telling the Untold Stories: An Evening with June Langford Berkley" is sponsored by the WVU Parkersburg Humanities Division and JCC. Funding is provided by the Circuit Writers Project of the West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia Writers, Inc.
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