Kathryn Tucker Windham to speak at the library on Wednesday

Published 10:30 pm Monday, May 4, 2009

A beloved local figure will return to the Selma-Dallas Public Library Wednesday afternoon.

Kathryn Tucker Windham will speak at the final “Lunch at the Library” of the year from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.

“[Kathryn] is a frequent visitor to the library,” Library Director Becky Nichols said. “She had her 90th birthday here not too long ago and I think she has spoken here about four or five times. Each time she speaks is a treat.”

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Windham will be speaking on her newest book “Spit, Scarey Ann, and Sweat Bees: One Thing Leads to Another.” The book focuses on Windham’s childhood in the 1920’s and 1930’s and is spun in a way that only she can do.

The nationally known storyteller takes readers back to a time when life was a little bit slower paced and how a wooden match can cure a headache.

Many of the stories in this book are relatable to anyone who grew up in the South during that time or have heard tales and superstitions passed down from relatives.

“The lunch is already booked,” Nichols said. “However, if anyone wants to come at 12:30 to hear Kathryn Tucker Windham speak, they certainly can.”

After a person reads “Spit, Scarey Ann, and Sweat Bees: One Thing Leads to Another,” they feel like they know Windham that much more. From the story about the doll, Scarey Ann, to making frog houses out of mud, it provides a glimpse into the formative years of one of Selma’s favorite residents.

Windham was raised in Thomasville, but eventually moved to Selma after working for the Birmingham News and the Alabama Journal.

She founded the Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival, which has been held annually since 1978. Windham also opens her home to the public on New Year’s Day to dole out good luck fare such as black-eyed peas, pork and cornbread.

Most recently Auburn University awarded her with the Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism.

“[‘Spit, Scarey Ann, and Sweat Bees: One Thing Leads to Another’] will be on sale from New South publishers,” Nichols said. “It will be selling for $20 plus tax.”