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Author to spin tales of old Cross Creek

Fans of the folklore of Cross Creek and the writer who chronicled its people will want to hear author J.T. Glisson speak on Aug. 8.

Glisson grew up in Cross Creek and was a neighbor of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling. Rawlings was a New York journalist who moved to Cross Creek, in backwoods North Florida, and wrote about the hardscrabble lives of its people in works such as her 1942 book Cross Creek.

Glisson wrote about his Cross Creek experiences in The Creek. He recalls his youth, the places and the people he knew, including the famous author.

Glisson will give presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Central Ridge Library's community room. He will share some stories about what it was like growing up in the fabled Alachua County community, will relate his memories of Rawlings.

A painter as well as an author, Glisson will also have an art display at the library all month. Glisson's art illustrates text from Rawlings' work.

The speaker program and exhibit are possible through money received from the Florida Arts License Plate Program, according to the Citrus County Library System.

The Central Ridge Library is on Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. Seating is limited. For information, call 746-6622.

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