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Author Lynwood Montell to discuss latest book on funeral parlor tales

Lynwood Montell, author of numerous Kentucky-related books and former faculty at WKU, will be speaking at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 29) at the Kentucky Library & Museum highlighting his newest book, Tales from the Kentucky Funeral Parlors.

Montell, whose tales of ghost stories in Kentucky and Tennessee, are legendary, and whose Halloween readings have been popular for many years, is making his first appearance in WKU Libraries Kentucky Live! series.

Montell, a native of Rock Bridge in Monroe County, founded the Folk Studies Program at WKU in 1972 and taught several generations of students there between 1969 and 1999.  He’s the author of 22 books with such enticing titles as: Ghosts Along the Cumberland; Killings: Folk Justice in the Upper South; and Haunted Houses and Family Ghosts of Kentucky.

In his newest book he recounts stories of unusual items in caskets (from marijuana to the bible) , mournful pretenders , long-winded preachers, and even pallbearers falling into graves.  They all serve to demonstrate the pivotal role played by morticians in Kentucky life and culture.

This event is free and open to the community.  The Kentucky Library & Museum is located at 14th and Kentucky streets on the edge of WKU’s campus with plenty of free parking at the entrance and across the street.  Montell has even promised to tell a few of his favorite “ghost stories” in honor of the occasion. A book signing and reception will follow his presentation.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, (270) 745-6977.

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