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Shepherd University faculty member's CD accepted into Tamarack

December 28, 2012

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — A CD by Adam Booth, adjunct faculty member at Shepherd University and professional storyteller, has been juried into Tamarack in Beckley.

"Mingo Black" is a collection of four original stories by Booth that reflect his Appalachian heritage and upbringing. Three are his creation, and the fourth is a family story that has been passed down seven generations.

"It's pretty incredible for me because I have been working a long time to get to this point," Booth said.  "I've been telling stories in this capacity for 10 or 11 years."

Two of the stories have won the West Virginia Liars Contest and another he told at the National Storytelling Festival.

Booth said the CD is suitable for all ages and describes it as family stories and tall tales. The title comes from his story on the CD about an heirloom apple.

"I wanted my siblings to be able to play it for their kids, and at the same time I wanted my grandparents to be able to enjoy it," he said.

Tamarack, a statewide collection of handmade crafts, arts, and cuisine, which showcases the best of West Virginia, has had more than 7 million visitors since its opening in 1994.

For more information, go to www.adam-booth.com.

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