The 18 Notables in Jack Prather’s two books of biographies are exemplary North Carolina residents who made their marks anywhere in the state, nation or world.
Each was selected after extensive research and recommendations from their peers; and for their record of giving back to the community. Each bio includes a photo-array that shows the Notable in various stages of her or his life.
The in-depth personal and career life stories of these men and women from North Carolina portrayed by Jack J. Prather will be the focus of discussion during his upcoming statewide speaking and book-event tour.
Six Notable Women of North Carolina (238-pages/81-photos) published in January was Prather’s sequel to Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina (400-pages/134-photos) that was nominated for the NC Literary & Historical Association 2012 Ragan Award for Non-Fiction. Prather’s books are available at Amazon.com, online book sites, and bookstores and libraries by request.
The Hendersonville author founded the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College in 2012 to honor the Notables in his books. He donates a portion of proceeds from sales to the fund, and asks fellow authors, writers and avid readers to lend their support. The next book in the ongoing series planned for 2016 will be Young Notables of North Carolina.
Favorable reviews of Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina appeared in the NC Libraries Journal and the NC Genealogical Society Journal; and for Six Notable Women of North Carolina in NC Woman magazine and The Hendersonville Lightning.
Information about scheduling an author appearance in your area can be obtained by calling 828-808-0660, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testimonials about the Notable series have come from TV icon Katie Couric, noted reviewer Rob Neufeld, writer and director of Writers Circle around the Table, Glenda Beall, music legend Doc Watson, former Governor Jim Hunt, former Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Exum, biographer Bruce Chadwick, and educator Ron Partin, et al.
The Six Notable Women of North Carolina are :
Kathy Reichs of Charlotte: novelist and inspiration for the Bones TV series; certified forensic anthropologist.
Sharon Decker of Rutherfordton: former Secretary of Commerce; first female Duke Power VP; founder of Tapestry Group.
Jennifer Pharr Davis of Asheville: Appalachian Trail record hiker; National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
Millie Ravenel of Raleigh: Director Emerita Center for International Understanding; Friendship Force founder.
Kathryn Stripling Byer of Cullowhee: Poet Laureate 2005-9; Literary Hall of Fame; author of five poetry books.
Anne Ponder of Asheville: Chancellor Emerita UNC Asheville; Collegiate Honors Council fellow and president.
Kathryn Stripling Byer, first woman poet Laureate of NC
The 12 Notables in Western North Carolina are:
Judge Harry C. Martin of Biltmore Forest: former NC & Cherokee (EBCN) Supreme Court Justice.
David Holt of Fairview: Grammy winning musician; Doc Watson’s performing partner; storyteller.
Billie Ruth Sudduth of Bakersville: first woman named NC Living Treasure, basket art in Smithsonian.
Doug Orr of Black Mountain: president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, musician, singer, author.
GlenisRedmond of Piedmont: Hall of Fame Performance Poet; Kennedy Center Teaching artist; author.
Julyan Davis of Asheville: British Southern Art master oil painter; work shown in international galleries.
Joe Epley of Tryon: global public relations leader; PRSA Lifetime Achievement Award winner; novelist.
Dr. Olson Huff of Black Mountain: founding Medical Director of Mission Children’s Hospital; author.
Dr. Matt Hayes of Hendersonville: emergency physician pioneer, co-founder Emergency Dept. of Nurses.
Capt. Ray West, USNR-ret. of Flat Rock: Moldova World Children’s Fund founder; UNCA Alumnus of Year.
Richard Q. Ritter of Bakersville: NC Living Treasure studio glass artist; Governor’s Award as Fire Chief.