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Lee Smith finishing up National Labrary Week at BPL!

Credit Roger Haile
April 14, 2010
Grundy native and Community Read Author Lee Smith will be at the Bristol Public Library, Saturday, April 17th at 1:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room.

Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia, 9-year-old Lee Smith was already writing—and selling, for a nickel apiece—stories about her neighbors in the coal boomtown of Grundy and the nearby isolated hollers. Since 1968, she has published many novels, including “Fair and Tender Ladies” and “Oral History”, as well as other collections of short stories, and has received several major writing awards. The sense of place infusing her novels reveals her insight into and empathy for the people and culture of Appalachia.

Her novel “Fair & Tender Ladies” is probably Smith’s most beloved book. She says she knows of at least four babies named for the novel's indomitable heroine, Ivy Rowe. This novel written in the form of letters chronicles the life of Ivy, a tenacious mountain woman who remains cussedly dedicated to the ideal of perseverance, despite the many formidable obstacles she faces. It is considered by many to be Smith's most fully realized and artistically successful work.

Copies of “Fair and Tender Ladies” are available for sale or check-out at the Bristol Public Library. All community members are encouraged to take part in the First Annual Community Read.

To prepare for Smith’s visit, the library is hosting many events throughout National Library Week:

Friday, April 16th, 6:30 p.m. – Bristol Public Library Foundation’s First Annual Spring Gala featuring Lee Smith- Food and drinks; including a theatrical performance from Barbara Bates Smith

$50 ticket required at K.P. Duty in downtown Bristol

Saturday, April 17th, 1:30 p.m. — Lee Smith at the library with a special theatrical performance of “Fair and Tender Ladies”.

Free and open to the public in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Reserved seating available for $20.

For questions about these events or any other library programs, call (276) 821-6148 or visit

Ever wanted to make your jewelry....well here's your chance!

April 14, 2010
Take home your own, handcrafted jewelry as Edith White of Smoky Mountain Beads, a Certified ART CLAY instructor, guides you step-by-step!

Introduction Class Wednesday, April 14th @ 5:30pm. A special promotional rate of $65 will be offered for this class which is regularly $85!

In the Introduction Class, you will learn basic techniques in working with metal clay. Your finished project will be a pair of fine silver earrings to take with you. Class begins at 5:30 (4-hours) . For more information, please visit our website at
Call or email to sign up today: 276- 644-1428/

Coming up!!!

April 14, 2010
On Saturday, April 24th from 1 to 4pm, Believe in Bristol will host their annual From The Top Down Loft Tour. The Loft Tour will include complete and in-progress lofts throughout Historic Downtown Bristol. Come and pick up tickets on Saturday the 24th starting at 12 pm under the marquee at The Paramount Center For Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of event.

Go at your own pace with the Loft Tour's self-guided brochure; and be sure to wear your walking shoes! “This is one of the largest tour's we have done so far and we are so excited to show off several properties for the first time, you won’t want to miss the buzz in Historic Downtown” said Christina Blevins Executive Director for Believe in Bristol.

For more information visit or call 423-573-2200.

Downtown Bristol Blog

New Menu at KP Duty!

April 12, 2010
New Salads! New Sandwiches! New Burgers! New Dinner Entrees! Here is a sneak peak ofa fewof the new menu items
Click here to read more.

Upcoming Events

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature Quilts from Holston Quilters Guild in April

April 01 - 30, 2010

Brim Leal @Machiavelli's

April 15, 2010

Painting Class at Blowfish Emporium's Grape Easel

April 15, 2010

Introduction to Jewelry Making Class at Blowfish Emporium

April 15, 2010

Brian McGee & the Hollow Speed, w/Pete Kartsounes @Machiavelli's

April 16, 2010

Bristol Public Library Foundation Fundraiser, feat. Lee Smith

April 16, 2010

Ras Allen & the Lions @Machiavelli's

April 17, 2010

Lee Smith, Contemporary Author

April 17, 2010

Painting Class at Blowfish Emporium's Grape Easel

April 20, 2010

Painting Class at Blowfish Emporium's Grape easel

April 22, 2010

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