Award winning photographer and writer Dr. Michael Joslin will present a slide show/lecture at Lees-McRae College on September 27 as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series. Based on his latest book, Mountain Spring, Joslin’s presentation will take you through Appalachia’s vernal season. His program begins with a book signing at 6:30 p.m. in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library on the Lees-McRae campus; the lecture will follow at 7:00. The Stephenson Lecture Series is free and open to the public.
Mountain Spring: A Personal Journey through the Season in Appalachia is Michael Joslin’s sixth book on the region. The author has also published over a 1000 newspaper and magazine articles illustrated by his photographs. In his 24th year as a professor at Lees-McRae College, Joslin teaches literature, photography, journalism, creative writing and Appalachian studies, and serves as the Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia.
“My program will cover many of the topics I write about in Mountain Spring. Wildflowers, waterfalls, a moonshine still, wild edibles such as ramps, morels and branch lettuce, hiking trails, gardening and wildlife are all part of my mountain springs, and I will present photographs and stories to illustrate the part they play in my life,” said Joslin, who lives in the Buladean Community of Mitchell County.
Most of the past 30 years he has spent in that rural hamlet in the shadow of Roan Mountain on a farm where he has raised three children with his wife Pam. Chickens, horses, dogs, cats and a continuing steam of wild animals passing through (and sometimes taking up residence) keep their days full.
Mountain Spring is the first in a series of four books which will take the reader through the variety of seasons in Southern Appalachia. The book is available through The Overmountain Press (800-992-2691), the Lees-McRae College Bookstore, Twisted Laurel Gallery in Spruce Pine and other booksellers.
Everyone is invited to participate in Joslin’s book signing and program, which are free and open to the public on September 27th. For information contact Meghan Wright at (828) 898-8729.