It's been a busy and interesting week. Last Friday, I had a lesson in glass-blowing at the annual Festival of Glass at Blenko Glass in Milton, West Virginia.
On Saturday, Rick and I attended the second annual Lewisburg Literary Festival. We watched a terrific documentary film called "Looking for a Restroom? Try Amazon" by filmmaker Russell Williams. It's a series of conversations with independent booksellers around the country including such landmarks as Tattered Cover, Powell's, Politics and Prose, Prairie Lights, Square Books and Books and Books. It's hard to tell you how much I enjoyed watching this. I hope it will receive widespread viewing. It's beautifully done and will give you hope! At the end of the afternoon we loved hearing novelist Glenn Taylor read from his latest work-in-progress.
On Sunday, I had a book signing at Tamarack, the arts and crafts center on I-77/I-79 in Beckley, WV. Lots of people stopped to chat. Among them was a young librarian from Welch, WV who alerted me to the fact that the documentary Hollow will have a screening at the Clay Center in Charleston sometime soon. (Glad to know that!) The conversation that was the mind-blower for the afternoon was with a school librarian from a suburban community near Chicago. She was on her way home from a vacation in North Carolina. After looking through my book, Passing The Music Down, a story inspired by the lives of 2 old-time fiddle players, an old master named Melvin Wine and his young apprentice, Jake Krack, she told me that she had known a man in college who had had a passion for old-time music. She said he had been obsessed by it. She also mentioned his name -- Brad Leftwich.
I did a double-take.
"Brad Leftwich?" I asked.
"Yes," she said.
I smiled as I opened my book to the Author's Note at the end where I tell the real "story-behind-the- story." I pointed to one name in particular. "Look," I said, with my finger aimed directly at Brad Leftwich's name. "He was Jake Krack's teacher in Indiana," I told her. "He's the one who told Jake he ought to get his parents to take him to the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop to meet Melvin Wine. Brad Leftwich is the reason this whole story happened."
She looked dumbstruck for a moment. Then we both started laughing.
"I think I was meant to be here today," she said.
"What are the odds?" I said.
And then we both said, "small world."
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