author David Dick
to sign books in New Castle
latest novel explores the life of writer Jesse Stuart
Helen E. McKinney
NEW CASTLE, Ky. (October 2004) Former Emmy
Award-winning CBS News correspondent David Dick is a noted writer with
several books to his credit. Dick has now penned a book about another
famous Kentucky writer, Jesse Stuart.
Dicks latest novel, Jesse Stuart, the Heritage, takes
a look at a man who overcame many obstacles to excel at what he did
best. From his poverty-stricken beginnings in Greenup Countys
W-Hollow, Stuart evolved into a much loved poet, novelist, short story
writer and teacher.
Based on Stuarts own writings and unpublished correspondence
with family, friends and literary mentors, this biography explores the
man who was in essence one of the Appalachian hill-people about whom
he often wrote. Stuart was adept at taking the simple, ordinary bumps
and grinds of everyday life and crafting them into literary masterpieces
tinged with humor. Dick brings all of this to life in his book in his
own creative style.
At 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the New Castle Christian Church, Dick will discuss
his latest book. The Henry County Historical Society is sponsoring this
program and will serve refreshments after the discussion. This program
is open to the public and we hope students will come and listen
to a Kentucky author, said Henry County Historical Society president
The historical society is hoping for a good turnout, which is why the
program is to be held across the street from the History Center in a
larger facility. The History Center will be open afterward for anyone
wishing to take a look through the building.
A local individual is an acquaintance of Dick and thought this would
be a good way to showcase his book, said Sills. The hard cover, 312-page
book is available at a pre-publication price of $22. It will be published
in January 2005 by Plum Lick Publishing Inc., a company Dick owns and
operates with his wife, Lalie.
David Dick and his wife, Lalie.
The Dicks reside in his ancestral house beside Plum Lick
Creek in Bourbon County. The farm was purchased 200 years ago by Dicks
Before becoming a CBS News correspondent, Dick was a reporter for WHAS
Radio and Television in Louisville. After retiring from the news business
in 1985, Dick joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky, where
he had earned his bachelors and masters degrees in English
literature. He became the director of the UK School of Journalism in
1987, serving two four-year terms of office.
Dick has been a syndicated columnist for numerous Kentucky newspapers.
Since 1989, he has been a monthly columnist for Kentucky Living,
published by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, which
Sills said she always enjoys.
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