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Smoky Mountain Publishers offers DVDs and BOOKS written and produced by Dr. Gail Palmer based on her research into cultural studies of people of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she served as director of the Advising Center for the College of Communications. Her research interests have resulted in Cemeteries of the Smokies, now scheduled to be published by Great Smoky Mountains Association in the summer of 2017.

Dr. Palmer's deep interest in this area arises from her family's history in Cades Cove. Her grandfather, John Marion Sparks, and grandmother, Elizabeth Shular Sparks, lived in the Cove as did her great, great grandparents, Nathan and Jane Potter Sparks, for whom Sparks Lane in Cades Cove is named.

In June 2017, Dr. Palmer was elected to the Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Schoolhouse in Blount County, Tennessee.


Dr. Palmer holds a Community History Award from the East Tennessee Historical Society. The award states, "Dr. Gail Palmer has produced a large body of work on the Great Smoky Mountains...Her books share a native's look at the mountain people, a captivating and entertaining model for communicating local history through storytelling." Betty B. Best, journal editor, Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society, nominated Palmer for the ETHS May 2013 award.




2017 Upcoming Book Signings and Talks
by Dr. Gail Palmer


A talk and discussion of the book The Midwives' Quilt
6 p.m., Tuesday, July 11
McMinn County Living Heritage Museum
533 West Madison Ave., Athens, TN
Admission $5, museum members free

Please contact Smoky Mountain Publishers about author availability for speaking engagements.
Smoky Mountain Publishers Dr. Gail Palmer P.O. Box 684 Alcoa, TN 37701 lpalmer@utk.edu



In addition to events open to the public, Dr. Palmer is available to present programs for private groups such as book clubs which are for members only. For example, Dr. Gail Palmer recently presented a program to members of the Farragut Book Club and also spoke at a meeting of the Daughters of Colonialists in Knoxville.



Click here to purchase Dr. Palmer's books and DVDs from Amazon.com.


BOOKS



The Midwives' Quilt:
A Tale of Conflict and Intrigue in the Smoky Mountains


On November 19, 2016, Dr. Palmer was interviewed on Cleveland, TN's nonprofit WOOP-FM 99.9 radio about The Midwives' Quilt Click here to watch the show.
A review from the Judge, 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards:
"I've spent a great deal of time since my childhood in the Smoky Mountains for family holidays, so I feel that I know the region rather well, and I'm pleased to report that Dr. Gail Palmer manages to capture the place quite well on paper in The Midwives Quilt. She's clearly done a great deal of research and has a deep feeling for the area and its people, and she is to be commended for the thoroughness of the work she's done. . . . Palmer has created a nicely-paced piece of work, her research is quite commendable, and her passion for the project is evident throughout."
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An interview with Dr. Palmer from her appearance on Cleveland, TN's Woop-FM on November 19, 2016, is now available on YouTube. Click here here to watch the show.
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Dr. Palmer appeared on "Live at Five at Four" on WBIR-TV in Knoxville on June 24, 2016,
where she was interviewed about The Midwives' Quilt. Click here here to watch the show.










Smoky Mountain Tales: Feuds, Murder & Mayhem Volumes 1 and 2








GSMNP...In the Beginning: Fact, Legend & Eminent Domain



DVDs




Sacred Places of the Smokies




When Mama Was the Doctor






Keep checking this SMP website for news about the release of Dr. Palmer's book Cemeteries of the Smokies to be published by Great Smoky Mountains Association.






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