Bil Lepp

Could a story about a kid who never wins anything – not swimming races, not costume contests, not science fairs – possibly be a story that includes the water cycle, werewolves, family vacations, a trickster grandfather, long car trips, a kid who thinks he needs to change the world, and two friends who break the ocean? In the hands of tall-tale teller Bil Lepp, you bet it can!

Bil Lepp is an award-winning storyteller, author, and recording artist. He’s the host of the History Channel’s Man Vs History, the occasional host of NPR’s internationally syndicated Mountain Stage, and a contributing columnist to the West Virginia Gazette-Mail. Bil’s humorous, family friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’s Contest, Lepp’s stories contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. Bil’s books and audio collections have won awards including the PEN Steven Kroll Award for Children’s Book Writing, Parents’ Choice Gold awards, and awards from the National Parenting Publications Association, and the Public Library Association. He is also the recipient of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folk honor. Bil’s latest book, That Ain’t the Whole Plan, is a collection of thirty-one humorous tall-tales.

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