Ole Bert: Sage of the Smokies
Presentd by Dr. Jim Stovall
Monday, May 20, 2019, 7 p.m., Sharon Lawson Room
Dr. Jim Stovall, Blount County Public Library Writer-In-Residence, will present a program honoring Bert Garner—often thought of as the “Appalachian Thoreau”—a man who lived simply and stoically near the mountains that he loved.
Ole Bert comes to life in this new edition of H.C. “Woody” Brinegar’s 1982 book published by the Blount County Friends of the Library.
From the book description at Amazon:
Bert Garner has long captured the imagination of many people across the country. Often described as “more Thoreau than Thoreau himself,” Bert’s travels took him across the country, settling for short spells in Washington, Oklahoma, Kansas, California, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and many more locales, but he always returned to the mountains he loved. This volume, originally penned by Bert’s friend Woody Brinegar, was first published by Woody in 1982 as a small, home-made production, made primarily to distribute to Bert’s old friends. Contained here is a collection of sketches spanning events from his boyhood in the late 1800s until his death in 1970.
Open to the public, this program is hosted by Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at (865) 982-0981 or visit the website at www.blounttn.org/197/Public-Library.