Program Type:Author Event
Join author Georgia Green Stamper as she reads from and discusses her new book, Small Acreages. Told in Stamper’s unique Kentucky voice, Small Acreages introduces fifty new essays and collects eight of the most requested and popular essays from her two earlier books. As in her earlier work, her voice continues to weave between the lyrical to the vernacular, from sublime topics to the mundane. With wisdom and humor and compassion, Stamper reminds all readers that if we strive to unite with the universe, we must pay attention to what Wendell Berry called “the small acreages that have been entrusted to us” for safekeeping.
A book signing will follow with copies available for purchase.
Georgia Green Stamper, a seventh generation Kentuckian, grew up on an Owen County tobacco farm that has belonged to one member or another of her family for almost two centuries. Her father was a farmer who loved to read, and her mother was a high school science teacher. Both were keepers of stories, and they instilled an appreciation of local and family history into their only child. The oral tradition of storytelling that thrived not only in her home, but throughout the rural Kentucky culture of her childhood, lives on in Georgia’s writing. Small Acreages is her third collection of connected creative non-fiction essays.
Her first two books – You Can Go Anywhere and Butter in the Morning – were both jury-selected in their years of publication for inclusion in the Carnegie Center’s reading series, “New Books by Great Kentucky Writers.” Her writing has been included in anthologies such as Kentucky’s Twelve Days of Christmas, and she contributes work regularly to Kentucky Humanities and other periodicals. A teacher, storyteller, and former NPR local commentator, she is also a popular speaker.
Georgia is a graduate of Transylvania University and lives in Lexington with her college sweetheart, her husband Ernie. They have three adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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