The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host Sylva resident Curtis Blanton for an evening of storytelling and tall tales on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.
Blanton is a Sylva native, born between Addie and Ochre Hill. A 1954 graduate of Sylva-Webster High School, he became a teacher and assistant principal at the school. He left the field of education and joined the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Always a careful listener to the tales told by friends as well as the old-timers of his parents’ and grandparents’ generation, Blanton teamed up with his boyhood friend, Jim Sellers of Sylva, to create a book of the stories they remembered from the old days. “Tales from the Porch” was published in 2006 and features illustrations by Sellers, with Blanton as author. Two other books followed: “Fireside Tales” is another collection of stories, and “My Mountains, My Home,” is a novel.