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Scarborough Society to host October 22 virtual presentation with Adam Booth

ISSUED: 14 October 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, — The Shepherd University Foundation’s Scarborough Society will open its annual Scarborough Art and Lecture Series with a virtual presentation by local storyteller and musician Adam Booth at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, via Zoom. Booth will discuss the art of storytelling and share some of his original spoken-word stories. The event is free and open to the public. Instructions will be e-mailed upon registration at

Booth’s original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. A nationally touring artist, Booth has appeared at premiere storytelling events across the United States, including the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, International Storytelling Center, National Storytelling Festival, Appalachian Studies Association Conference, National Storytelling Conference, National Academy of Medicine, and as a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. He is a member of the Recording Academy and his recordings have received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, two Parents’ Choice Silver honors, and four Storytelling World awards and honors. He is also a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest.

Booth is Storyteller-in-Residence at Shepherd and the founding artistic director of the Speak Story Series, now in its eighth season. He is most at home sharing stories and music with the next generation of listeners and tellers throughout Appalachia.

The Scarborough Society is a friends of the library organization sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation. Annual membership dues help support library acquisitions, technology, and programs. Membership is open to all interested supporters of the Scarborough Library.

For further information about the lecture series or the Scarborough Society, contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397 or visit

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