Local Author Talk: Richard Hood

Photo courtesy of Richard Hood.

Local author, artist, and musician Richard Hood will visit your Library on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. His unique presentation will illustrate his varied artistic and musical interests. Hood, who plays guitar and banjo, will perform traditional mountain tunes that speak to and from his novel “Regret the Dark Hour,” along with a few original songs. He will also read from his book and talk about the overarching theme of “place” in his writing and music.

Hood, who lives in Greene County, says that although he didn’t grow up in this area, he always “felt the pull of the region.” He says, “My mother was one of 16 kids, and my father one of 10, all growing up back in the hills in East Tennessee. But my parents moved north after WWII, so I grew up on Lake Ontario. But we took yearly visits to Tennessee, and I fell in love with the region, and its music and language.” Hood was drawn to the sense of “place” he felt in East Tennessee, and he believes this is why it has always permeated his work.

Between writing, music, and photography, Hood’s interests and talents are diverse. However, the themes and settings in his work are what unify his varied portfolio; all of his work springs from his deep roots in East Tennessee. He has loved and played bluegrass and old-time music since he was 14 years old. His novels, “Regret the Dark Hour” and “Carolina Blood,” are set in the mountains of East Tennessee. And with photography, he is most often inspired by his own land, his own place, and loves what he calls “local light.”

Hood and his work are firmly rooted in our region’s vibrant life and tradition. We look forward to experiencing East Tennessee, this place that we already know and love, anew through his stories and music.

Call (423) 434-4454 for more information on this event or other author talks at your Library. And if you’re a local author interested in speaking at the Library, click here. To learn about other library programs and services, visit www.jcpl.org, call (423) 434-4450, or drop by the Library at 100 West Millard Street. Like Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram to receive updates.

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