On Thursday, May 18, we will celebrate May Justus with a day in her honor at the May Justus Memorial Library in Monteagle. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.
10:00 am Story Time
Pam Maloof will read to children from May Justus' books. Her books appeal very much to elementary school children, but everyone is welcome. The books draw on Miss Justus' life in Appalachia, and they illuminate and preserve the culture and folkways of the region. Ever the teacher, Miss Justus' books carry messages, in an entertaining way, of good behavior toward others and ethical behavior. Kids will enjoy treats while they listen.
2:00 pm Author Talk & Discussion
In researching her book, Kim invites anyone who knew May Justus (or whose parents did) to bring their memories of and stories about her. Of course, history buffs* and readers of historical fiction are welcome, too. Refreshments will be served. We'll start with a brief introduction from the author about her motivation for writing the book, then participants will be invited to discuss and share.
NOTE: Attendees at May Justus Day consent to their images being used on social media associated with the book and on this website.
*On the Mountaintop is being written as historical fiction. It will contain both historical facts and fictional characters, places, and conversations.
May Justus was a celebrated author of over 40 children's books, a teacher, a poet, and a civil rights activist in her own way. She was a woman of deep faith and taught Sunday School at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Monteagle, Tennessee for over 50 years. Author Kim Phillips is currently researching for her upcoming book, On the Mountaintop: The Unusual Life and Turbulent Times of May Justus.