Sun Mar 23 – Bardstown – 2:00 pm: The Nelson County Library will host a reading/signing of Back Home in Landing Run, the debut novel from Mary Popham, born and raised in Nelson County, where she was known as Mary Virginia Rogers. Although the stories and characters are fiction, Landing Run is a real place; issues in the rural community of 1910 between the residing Catholics and Emmalene Hershall, the young Protestant outsider who has married an elderly local moonshiner, are examined. 201 Cathedral Manor, First Community Room; (502) 348-3714.
Sat Mar 29 – Louisville – 1:00-2:00 pm. Pyro Gallery. SWAN Day (Support Women Arts Now) Mary Popham will read from her debut novel, Back Home in Landing Run, during a free program showcasing area writers and artists. 909 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206. (502) 587-0106. Free Parking.
Sat Apr 12 – Elizabethtown – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Ancestral Trails Historical Society presents its 12th Annual Book Fair. Participants include Mary Popham with debut novel, Back Home in Landing Run. Pritchard Community Center, 404 E. Mulberry St. (270) 982-0881.
“Another Time, Another Life”
It is my honor to be a Guest Blogger for LiteraryLabors.com. See my recent post, “Another Time, Another Life.”
The Politics of Barbeque; a review–Blake Fontenay’s debut novel skewers Memphis city government, by Mary Popham. Read this review and the other fabulous articles written and garnered by Editor-in-Chief, Roy Burkhead.
Sat Jan 18 – Louisville – 5:00 to 8:00 pm – The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40205. The 2013 New Southerner Literary Prize Winners Reading. Free and open to the public. Readers featured include: Jessica D. Thompson, Cynthia Robinson, Angela Jackson-Brown. Also brief readings by finalists and semifinalists include Jinn Fuller Renfro, Mary Popham, Alan Naslund, Mary Anne Reese, Eileen Rush, Julia Sendor, and Jami Powell.
Fri Jan 31 – Lexington – Mary Popham Interview with Accents Radio – a Radio Show for Literature, Art and Culture, hosted and produced by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. Listen to Accents every Friday @ 2pm EST on WRFL 88.1 FM Lexington or stream live from wrfl.fm. Archived here, as well: http://katerinaklemer.com/radio.html#archive”
Blog: November 28, 2013
My thanksgiving during this day is greater than in other years, and it is more than I can say in an ordinary prayer of gratitude. For in this memorable year of the blessings of health and love in my family circle, new friends and old friendships resurrected, I add thanks for my literary dreams come true. I find no better expression than to send out my long-ago prayer on this day of general Thanksgiving.
A QUESTION OF GOD
What is God? asks the Soul. God is the conception only you have the power to make. It is the creator of the songbird and the song itself. It is the sweetness of the flower and the strength of the medicine from ancient roots in deep forests. It is the light of knowledge and the truth that balances the scales of justice. It is the crying and mewing of a newborn baby and the life-sustaining milk from the mother’s breast. It is in the heart of a friend who smiles and gives encouragement to one who feels she cannot cope. It is water flowing pure and clean. It is the sun beaming its health into crops. It is the warmth that turns seed into fruit. It is the seed and the flower and the nutrient and the perfect fruit. It is the power that activates the brain cells. It is the thought—THE WORD MADE FLESH. It is the body that is manifest. It is the comfort of knowing right from wrong. It is rightness. God sends the angel and is the angel. God makes the man and is the man. God provides the grace and is the grace, and is what grace brings. It is the courage that gives grace to man to persevere in the face of heart disease, cancer, AIDS, drugs, murder, suicide, Alzheimer’s, insanity, cruelty, prejudice, being ignored and being unloved. It is the Who we pray to, what we pray for, what we receive when we pray, and Who we thank for what we receive. God is love, God sends love, and God keeps love flowing forever.
All this is God? asks the Soul. It is all good, all power, all light, and all love? It is everything, creates everything, keeps everything in being, and will last forever? It is much too wonderful to comprehend. What is God?
Mary Popham, 1996
On Friday October 25, I attended an event for the Corn Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and heard the fantastic writer and speaker, Eddie Price. The author of Widder’s Landing: Life and Love on the Kentucky Frontier, which just won a Reader’s Favorite Award, is a retired history teacher who does presentations dressed in authentic Kentucky 1812 clothing complete with powder horn and haversack. He spoke in unhesitating, perfect sentences of events in his book from a comet’s light that was only surpassed by Halley’s Comet, the New Madrid earthquake’s massive destruction, making whiskey, plowing with mules, working in tobacco, and the War of 1812, where Kentucky played such a vital part and as a state lost the greatest percentage of men. Eddie had us answering quizzes, singing songs, and laughing at his personal anecdotes. He is an entertainer who goes far beyond recounting history using accents, barking like a dog, making sounds like a rocket in its red glare, and quoting Andrew Jackson. He is already writing the sequel to his popular book and his legions of fans are waiting.