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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. Please CALL or E-MAIL Smoky Mountain Publishers about author availability for speaking engagements.
Go to the Events page to review previous presentation topics.

Dr. Palmer was presented a Community History Award from the East Tennessee Historical Society in May of 2013. It stated,
"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 award.

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 GSMA 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.



2017 Upcoming Book Signings and Talks by Dr. Gail Palmer
Wilderness Wildlife, May 9-15
LeConte Conference Center in Pigeon Forge

All events are free and exhibitors will include Great Smoky Mountains Association and Cades Cove Preservation Association Museum,
as well as craftsmen, book publishers, photographers, and artists.
Smoky Mountain Publishers will have booth 33 in the exhibit hall.

Dr. Palmer will give three presentations:

Tuesday, May 9: 11 a.m.-noon, Greenbrier C
Midwives & Remedies

Wednesday, May 10: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Greenbrier C
Cemeteries of the Smokies, Their Secrets Revealed

Thursday, May 11: 4-5 p.m., North 2
Following the Bell Route of the Trail of Tears

Books and DVDs published by Smoky Mountain Publishers will be available for purchase and signing. Dr. Palmer will be glad to chat with anyone who stops by about the Smokies, the cemeteries of the Smokies, and the people of the Smokies. Of course, anyone who has purchased a book previously is welcome to bring it by for a signature, too.

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.
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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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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.



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The Daily Times in Maryville featured Dr. Palmer in an article when The Midwives Quilt was released. Read the article here.









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 in the summer of 2017.




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