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LitCafe: Mary Burnette presents Lige of the Black Walnut Tree

05/11/2021 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


LitCafe: Mary Othella Burnette presents Lige of the Black Walnut Tree

For the fourth installment of this year’s LitCafe series, we are very excited to bring you author and local native Mary Othella Burnette who will present her recently published memoir Lige of the Black Walnut Tree: Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia. This virtual event begins at 6pm Tuesday, May 11. Mary’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. We hope to see you there!

About the Author:

Author Mary Burnette

Her memoir, Lige of the Black Walnut Tree: Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia, depicts life in a close-knit community settled by former slaves. Her vibrant stories bring to life the unimaginable world of her rustic youth and open a new window into an area of Black History little known to the outside world and rarely described by a native Black mountaineer. Ms. Burnette grew up among her very real characters, ate at their tables, slept in their homes, and was determined to preserve her memory of Lige, one of her father’s favorite cousins who had passed away long before she was born.




You must pre-register and purchase a ticket for this event. A Zoom link will be sent for participants to join. Admission is free for WNCHA members or Pack Library cardholders. Donations are accepted. Cardholders please verify your status by registering with the BCSC Facebook event

Tickets: Free for WNCHA members/ $5 for General Admission. We also have no-cost, community-funded tickets available. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.

This event is brought to you by WNCHA and the Buncombe County Special Collections at the Pack Memorial Library. For questions email Trevor Freeman at


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