Jennifer Pharr Davis and Kathryn Stripling Byer at Prather's Book launch
Six Notable Women of North Carolina is Jack J. Prather's sequel to Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina, which was nominated for the NC Literary and Historical Association's 2012 Ragan Old North State Award for Non-Fiction (formerly known as The Mayflower Cup). Jack founded the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College in Swanannoa near Asheville in honor of the 12 Notables.
The comprehensive condensed biographies feature life and career journeys, as told to the author. They also display photo arrays from various stages of their lives, and testimonials from people 'in the know'.
SHARON DECKER: Former North Carolina Secretary of Commerce and first woman vice president of Duke Power, now the president of a major firm.
JENNIFER PHARR DAVIS: The world record-holder for traversing the Appalachian Trail for both women and men, hikers and runners; and a 2011 National Geographic 'Adventurer of the Year'.
MILLIE RAVENEL: Founder and Director Emeritus of The Center for International Understanding, and the recipient of the 2011 Governor's Award for Excellence and the Citizen of the World Award.
KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER: Former North Carolina Poet Laureate for five years, inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame, multiple writing awards for books of poetry, Western North Carolina University faculty member.
ANNE PONDER: Chancellor Emerita of UNC at Asheville, Fellow and Past President of the National Collegiate Honors Council, visiting faculty member of the Harvard University Institutes for Higher Education.
KATHY REICHS. One of 101 Certified forensic anthropologists in the world, professor at UNC Charlotte, noted author of 17 books, the inspiration for and a producer-writer of the 'Bones' television series.