Denise Giardina, West Virginia Author of Charleston, WV
Thursday April 21, 7 pm
Grant County Library
Grant County Bank
A presentation of the WV Humanities Council's History Alive! Series
Sarah Colley (Minnie Pearl) studied theater while in college during the Great Depression intending to be a serious actress. While touring with a theater company she created the comedic down-home character of Minnie Pearl to help promote performances. Her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1940 was a success and eased fears that her satire of rural ways might not be appreciated by country audiences. People instead embraced Minnie as one of their own, and she became a legend in country entertainment.
Denise Giardina is a novelist. Her book Storming Heaven was a Discovery Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and received the 1987 W. D. Weatherford Award for the best published work about the AppalachianSouth. The Unquiet Earth received an American Book Award and the Lillian Smith Book Award for fiction. Her 1998 novel Saints and Villains was awarded the Boston Book Review fiction prize and was semifinalist for the International Dublin Literary Award.
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