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Amy Ammons Garza to Present Her Memoir at City Lights Bookstore

August 6, 2016 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Amy Garza will be presenting her new memoir, Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress, at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. Follow Amy as she tells the story of her life as she lived it, each chapter being a story in itself. These are the compelling stories of a mountain girl who found the courage she needed in her life to listen and retell the stories of her family and heritage.  Amy Garza was born and raised in Western North Carolina, which leads her into her many…See More
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Reading and booksigning with Amy Allen and Georganne Spruce

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Reading and booksigning with Amy Allen and Georganne Spruce

Time: February 17, 2013 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Location: Accent on Books
Street: 854 Merrimon Ave
City/Town: Asheville
Website or Map: http://www.accentonbooks.com
Phone: 828-252-6255
Event Type: reading/booksigning
Organized By: Accent on Books
Latest Activity: Feb 7, 2013

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Local authors Amy Allen ("Summoning the Mountains") and Georganne Spruce ("Awakening to the Dance") will read from and sign copies of their new memoirs.

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Comment by Patrick Covington on February 7, 2013 at 4:04pm

Thanks for posting this, Amy!

Comment by Amy Allen on February 6, 2013 at 10:55pm

Summoning the Mountains:Pilgrimage into Forty by Amy Allen

Hoping to rekindle the spirit of freedom she once knew, a divorced, single mother sets aside family and society’s expectations to seek fulfillment by following a lifelong calling. On the eve of turning forty, Amy reaches for her personal goal of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Accepting the name of “Willow”, bestowed by her teenage sons, she settles them into new lives at their father’s house and departs on a 2000-mile walk.

Willow journals of walking through storms, injuries, hunger and doubt. Surprised when her sixteen-year old is suspended from school, Willow bends to this new development to find herself mothering on the trail, learning as much from her son as he does from his adventure. When her son returns to school, Willow must find her place within the hiker community and face her fears alone.

Amy transports the reader into the forest giving the armchair hiker a glimpse into a world of coyotes, butterflies, birds and bears,sharing her determination and frustration as she makes her way from Georgia to Maine on foot. This is a story about what it means to embrace challenge in our lives—a story about change.

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