Live Stream: Author Shannon Hitchcock and Illustrator Sophie Page Launch She Sang for the Mountains

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Join us for a discussion between author Shannon Hitchcock and Illustrator Sophie Page, presented by The Writing Barn and Reycraft Books! These two previously teamed up for the stunning biography Saving Granddaddy's Stories: Ray Hicks, the Voice of Appalachia. She Sang for the Mountain traces the life of songwriter and activist Jean Ritchie-Singer, whose protest songs inspired a nation.

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Jean Ritchie (1922-2015), a singer who sang generationally inherited ballads and heard music everywhere, is centered in this preservationist profile. After an idyllic, isolated musical childhood in Kentucky's Cumberland Mountains with her parents and 13 siblings, the pale-skinned blonde relocates to New York City with a dulcimer in hand, becoming a music teacher. Introduced to folk singers cum protestors--sketched portraits bear the names of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Carl Sandburg, and Doc Watson--by a Library of Congress song collector, Ritchie takes up protest songwriting to oppose coal mining. Hitchcock uses gently melodious, alliterative prose: "Rumbling cars replaced rambling walks. The roar of radios replaced the strum of strings." Earthy, dimensional collage art by Page underlines the story's themes with its organic, handmade feel. A hearty portrait of the "Mother of Folk," emphasizing the belief that music can create change. 

Shannon Hitchcock was born in North Carolina and grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along with N.H. Senzai, she is a co-author of the middle-grade novel Flying Over Water. In addition, Shannon has written three other middle grades, One True Way, Ruby Lee & Me, and The Ballad of Jessie Pearl. Her books have been featured on many state awards lists and have received acclaimed reviews. Shannon and illustrator Sophie Page previously teamed up for the picture book biography, Saving Granddaddy’s Stories–Ray Hicks the Voice of Appalachia. She Sang for the Mountains is their second collaboration.

Sophie Page is a mixed-media illustrator originally from Conway, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She crafts images in two and three dimensions to tell stories for all ages. The illustrations in her books are made from clay, paper, fabric, and wire.

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She Sang for the Mountains: The Story of Jean Ritchie--Singer Songwriter, Activist Cover Image
By Shannon Hitchcock, Sophie Page (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781478874072
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Reycraft Books - August 18th, 2021

Saving Granddaddy's Stories: Ray Hicks, the Voice of Appalachia Cover Image
By Shannon Hitchcock, Sophie Page (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781478869672
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Reycraft Books - March 22nd, 2021