From 12–3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 and 12–2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) Founder Jane Stephenson and Lees-McRae College professor Michael Joslin invite the High Country community to a joint book reading and signing in King-Shivell Gallery in the Cannon Student Center.

Banner Elk native Jane Stephenson grew up part of the Lees-McRae community as her father Braxton Baucom, the business manager, guided the school through difficult financial times. She later graduated from and taught at Lees-McRae where she met and married her husband John Stephenson. He went on to become president of Berea College, where Jane founded the NOSW.

Stephenson’s book titled, I Am Not A Nobody: Studies of Courageous Appalachian Women and Their Journeys with the New Opportunity School for Women is the third in a series of books that chronicle and celebrate the lives of women who have lifted up their lives through their participation in one of the three New Opportunity School for Women programs that operate in Berea, Kentucky; Bluefield, Virginia; and Banner Elk at Lees-McRae College.

Joslin, who has published over 1,000 newspaper and magazine articles illustrated by his photographs, will begin his 30th year at Lees-McRae teaching literature, photography, journalism, creative writing, and Appalachian Studies, in addition to his role as director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia.

His recently published Mountain Summer is the second in a four-book series about the seasons in our area mountains. The book covers everything from hoeing in the garden, to raspberries ripening in June, to summer wildflowers and hikes on area mountains, to trips to cooling waterfalls. This is the seventh book Joslin has published on Southern Appalachia.

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