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Welch featured on 'With Good Reason' in March

Wendy Welch, a faculty member with The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, will appear on “With Good Reason,” a radio production of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, on March 21. 

Welch will discuss her upcoming book “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: a memoir of friendship, community and the uncommon pleasure of a good book.”

When Welch and Jack Beck decided to move to the small mountain town of Big Stone Gap, they hadn't planned on opening a used bookstore. But a big Victorian house captured their imaginations and before they knew it they were setting up shop. Despite the growing popularity of e-readers and a downturn in the national economy, Jack and Wendy’s small-town bookstore is thriving—and fostering community.

"With Good Reason” is aired locally on WVTF at 7:30 p.m. The episode may be downloaded at the “With Good Reason” web site at

"With Good Reason” is broadcast on 10 public radio stations in Virginia, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact the Office of College Relations at 276-376-1027.