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Kentucky author David Dick
to sign books in New Castle

His latest novel explores the life of writer Jesse Stuart

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

NEW CASTLE, Ky. (October 2004) – Former Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent David Dick is a noted writer with several books to his credit. Dick has now penned a book about another famous Kentucky writer, Jesse Stuart.
Dick’s latest novel, “Jesse Stuart, the Heritage,” takes a look at a man who overcame many obstacles to excel at what he did best. From his poverty-stricken beginnings in Greenup County’s W-Hollow, Stuart evolved into a much loved poet, novelist, short story writer and teacher.

David Dick

Author David Dick

Based on Stuart’s own writings and unpublished correspondence with family, friends and literary mentors, this biography explores the man who was in essence one of the Appalachian hill-people about whom he often wrote. Stuart was adept at taking the simple, ordinary bumps and grinds of everyday life and crafting them into literary masterpieces tinged with humor. Dick brings all of this to life in his book in his own creative style.
At 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the New Castle Christian Church, Dick will discuss his latest book. The Henry County Historical Society is sponsoring this program and will serve refreshments after the discussion. This program is open to the public and “we hope students will come and listen to a Kentucky author,” said Henry County Historical Society president Shirley Sills.
The historical society is hoping for a good turnout, which is why the program is to be held across the street from the History Center in a larger facility. The History Center will be open afterward for anyone wishing to take a look through the building.
A local individual is an acquaintance of Dick and thought this would be a good way to showcase his book, said Sills. The hard cover, 312-page book is available at a pre-publication price of $22. It will be published in January 2005 by Plum Lick Publishing Inc., a company Dick owns and operates with his wife, Lalie.

David & Lalie Dick

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Author David Dick and his wife, Lalie.

The Dicks reside in his ancestral house beside Plum Lick Creek in Bourbon County. The farm was purchased 200 years ago by Dick’s great-great-great-grandfather, Joshua.
Before becoming a CBS News correspondent, Dick was a reporter for WHAS Radio and Television in Louisville. After retiring from the news business in 1985, Dick joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky, where he had earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature. He became the director of the UK School of Journalism in 1987, serving two four-year terms of office.
Dick has been a syndicated columnist for numerous Kentucky newspapers. Since 1989, he has been a monthly columnist for “Kentucky Living,” published by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, which Sills said she “always enjoys.”

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