Bearskin to Holly Fork
Stories from Appalachia
by Bob Sloan

Bob Sloan's work is attracting serious attention nationally.
In 2000 Bob's commentaries, which regularly appear on Kentucky Public Radio member stations, were recognized with a PRNDI award from the National Professional Association of Public Radio News Directors.
In early 2001 National Public Radio's Morning Edition  began featuring some of those commentaries.
Bob's Morning Edition pieces can be heard as RealAudio Files here, and samples of his work for Kentucky Public Radio can be heard or downloaded as MP3 files at WMKY-FM,  Morehead State University's "Public Radio to the Mountains."

    Bob Sloan -- author of Bearskin to Holly Fork: Stories from Appalachia
               Bob Sloan

Bob Sloan has written and narrated three sixty-minute "audio books. "Aunt Ethel's Plumbing and Other Tales contains some of his radio commentaries, as well as some poetry and an unabridged reading of one of his short stories. Haunted Hills is an hour of previously uncollected contemporary ghost tales, and Stories I Never Told My Mother  are a bit racier  (but no stronger than PG).  He's also the co-author and narrator of Valley of the Shadow,  a history of the Rowan County War, the bloodiest and least known of Kentucky's mountain feuds. All four cassette tapes may be ordered directly from Bob, and are available at several Kentucky bookstores.

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            Bearskin to Holly Fork--Stories from Appalachia  by Bob Sloan, with an introduction by Lee Smith

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Bob Sloan is a downright fine storyteller and his collection Bearskin to Holly Fork: Stories from Appalachia finds him at his best. Resplendent with the smell and taste and sight and sound of Appalachia, the book is also brimming with humanity. This is kick-ass good work.
                           --- Robert Olen Butler

The whole Appalachian community of Midland, Kentucky, comes to life in this fine debut collection of tough, true stories, each one hard and dark as a lump of coal. Bob Sloan’s straight, plain prose style is perfectly suited to his characters and their lives. . . .  Whether things work out for his characters or not, realist Bob Sloan makes us care about them all, writing in plain honest prose without a trace of sentimentality.
                           --- Lee Smith

We write about what we know. Bob Sloan knows as much about his characters as anyone writing today. These are wistful, comical, straight-ahead stories that fall from the pen the way leaves fall from trees; some cosmic force helping them find their place.
                          --- Tom T. Hall

[Readers] will also enjoy Sloan's direct but evocative prose that makes both his characters and their beloved and bedeviling home--stretching all the way from Bearskin to Holly Fork--seem so real.
-- Lexington Herald-Leader

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