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Silas House Reads 1st Published Story

Listen to Silas House read "The Evening is Now." (13:17 min)

Listen to "Zach Kocher's interview with Silas House. (9:22 min)

Silas House, author of The Coal Tattoo, A Parchment of Leaves, and Clay’s Quilt, was the guest of honor recently in a reading which paid homage to Al Stewart, the founder of Appalachian Heritage Magazine, a quarterly publication produced by Berea College's Appalachian Center.

Photo courtesy of Kit Cottrell

Before he began, House talked about his roots in Appalachian writing, as well as Stewart’s work with the magazine. “Al Stewart is pretty much responsible for my entire career," he said. “Billy C. Clark once said there’s not a Kentuckian who has ever lived who has touched more writers lives than Al Stewart, and he is right.”

The piece House chose to read was his first published work which graced the pages of Appalachian Heritage twelve years ago in the 1995 fall issue. The story, originally entitled “Daddy Tell Me about the War” has since been renamed “The Evening is Now,” and is a personal and emotional fictional narrative about war, family and love.

After the reading, House held a question and answer session and interacted with the audience. He answered questions ranging from details about his next book to mountain top removal, gender issues, and Appalachia. House gave up a bit of information about his sixth novel, a book that expands on a story he had read earlier that evening. House also talked about several other books he is working on, and a screenplay he wrote in conjunction with Margret Price and Ashley Judd. The screenplay, titled Carr Creek, will be filmed in the spring of 2008.

The next Appalachian Heritage reading will feature author Gurney Norman on November 16 at 8:00 p.m. in the Commons of Woods-Penn.

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