Famed author, storyteller to visit Helena

HELENA &8212; Many adults remember reading her chilling stories of ghosts lingering around the state and recognize her captivating Southern voice when heard over the airwaves of WUAL Alabama Public Radio.

Kathryn Tucker Windham, famed co-author of 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey, is expected to make an appearance at the Jane B. Holmes Public Library in Helena on Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

Library Director Victoria Ashford said people who come will get wrapped up in her Southern charm and engaging tales.

&8220;They&8217;re going to get some great story pictures of happy Southern times,&8221; Ashford said. &8220;They will really get to feel the down-home feel she elicits with her stories. It&8217;s like sitting on your porch with a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer evening.&8221;

Windham grew up in Thomasville and graduated from Huntingdon College in 1939, according to her biography.

Windham worked as a journalist for many years at papers around the state including The Birmingham News and The Selma Times-Journal.

Windham has also written additional volumes of ghost stories, folklore, recipes and essays. She has also written a 19th book called Encounters.

She is also a commentator on WUAL and has made more than 30 appearances on National Public Radio&8217;s All Things Considered.

Ashford said anyone planning to attend must make a reservation because the library has a capacity of 60 people.

If more want to attend, the session may be moved to the Helena City Hall, which can hold about 100.

Ashford said it has been almost 15 years since Windham has made an appearance in Shelby County.