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Saunders to discuss Kroll at book festival

Saunders to discuss Kroll at book festival

Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 1:36 pm

The Messenger 10.01.08

One of northwest Tennessee’s great personalities will be featured at the 20th annual Southern Festival of Books.
University of Tennessee at Martin librarian Richard Saunders will discuss Harry Harrison Kroll and his stature as Tennessee’s most-published author of the 20th century at 9 a.m. Oct. 11 at the State Capitol in Nashville.
Kroll’s 1946 novel, “Their Ancient Grudge,” has been reprinted by the University of Tennessee Press in its Appalachian Echos series of classic fiction. A new introduction by Saunders explains the importance of this novel, which was written while Kroll taught at UT Martin. The novel is important to literature as the last major treatment of the Hatfield and McCoy feud written before scholars began to reinterpret the feud’s history.
Saunders will discuss Kroll’s novel and provide an illustrated overview of his writing career. There is no charge to attend the presentation, nor the Southern Festival of Books. The festival, sponsored by Humanities Tennessee, is the focal event of the year for books and reading, bringing together a three-day carnival of food, publishers and exhibitors. Books of all kinds are available for sale and Tennessee’s authors and illustrators will be on hand to meet readers and sign copies of their works.
Demonstrations, performance and other opportunities can be found on the event Web site at
For more information, contact Saunders at (731) 881-7094.

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