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2009 schedule of events

monday, september 28:

Screening of Award-Winning Appalachian Environmental Film Documentary Sludge, 7:00 p.m. at Reynolds Hall, sponsored by the Shepherdstown Film Society. Following the screening will be a discussion of this important environmental issue and its impact on West Virginia, led by Dr. Ed Snyder, Chair of Institute for Environmental Studies.

tuesday, september 29:

A Celebration of Appalachian Storytellers: A Kentucky Muse and The Anthology of Appalachian Writers, 7:00 p.m., at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, sponsored by the Friends of the Shepherdstown Library. This program will begin with a short KET documentary on Kentucky writer Silas House and his novel A Parchment of Leaves, followed by introduction of the new Anthology of Appalachian Writers and selected readings by the authors. Reception and book signing for The Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Volume I, will follow.

wednesday, september 30:

Silas House visits with Martinsburg, Jefferson, Musselman, and Berkeley Springs High School students at Martinsburg High School, 9:00 a.m. in Martingsburg, WV;

House Reading House, Martinsburg Public Library and Reception, 10:30 a.m.;

Lunch at the Bavarian Inn with AHWIR Project Director, etal;

Writers Master Class with Silas House, 3:00-4:30 p.m., at Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies;

"The Writing Life, with Silas House," 7:00 p.m. at Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. Silas House will discusses his work, the writing process, his personal journey toward authorship, public reception will follow.

thursday, october 1:

Scarborough Society Lecture and Awards Ceremony, "The History of Every Country”: Place in the Poetry and Fiction of Silas House,” 8:00 p.m., at Erma Byrd Hall. Silas House will receive the Appalachian Heritage Writer's Award and present the keynote address, WV Fiction Competition Awards presented by Silas House.

friday, october 2:

“The Appalachians: Writers and Renegades, with George Brosi and Silas House,” 5:00 p.m., at Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies;

The Appalachian Heritage Festival Concert, 8:00 p.m., at Frank Theater, Music with John Lily and Silas House, a reading of the award-winning West Virginia Fiction Competition selection.

saturday, october 3:

Appalachian Heritage Festival activities, demonstrations, events all day.

Festival Concert, 8:00 p.m., at Frank Theater. See Festival website here.

teaching resources

Interview with Silas House

A Parchment of Leaves Assignment and Reading Analysis

The Coal Tattoo Assignment and Reading Analysis

Clay's Quilt Assignment and Reading Analysis

Silas House Webquest Pre-Reading Assignment

The Socratic Seminar

Socratic Questions for Silas House's Novels

Socratic Reflection