Local author Jim Casada will present an outdoor storytelling program on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.
Casada is a son of the Smokies who grew up in Bryson City. He has fished, hunted, hiked, camped, and savored the natural experience all his life. After 25 years as a university professor (he holds a Ph. D. in history from Vanderbilt), Casada took early retirement to write full-time on outdoors-related subjects. He has written or edited upwards of 40 books ranging widely over topics such as the literary careers of North Carolinians Robert Ruark and Horace Kephart, turkey hunting, the history of sport, game and fish cookery, and fly fishing. In the latter field his works include “Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing” and a pair of award-winning works, “Modern Fly Fishing” and “Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider’s Guide to a Pursuit of Passion.” Casada considers the latter book, based on years of research and a full six decades devoted to fishing Park waters, his “work of a lifetime.” Critics have hailed it as “a masterpiece” and a “work which will be relevant a hundred years from now.” Nationally renowned angling writer Nick Lyons said “This is a book anyone who knows or plans to visit the Smokies will cherish, but also a book that anyone who takes pleasure in fine writing about the outdoor world and especially fly fishing will admire greatly. I do.”
Over the course of his career Casada has written, edited, or contributed to close to 100 books, written more than 3,000 magazine articles and 2,500 newspaper columns. He serves on the staff of a number of national magazines, is the Editor at Large for Sporting Classics, writes a weekly column for the Smoky Mountain Times, and offers a free monthly newsletter through his website, www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com. His work has been recognized by regional and national writer groups with more than 150 excellence in craft award. He is an honorary Life Member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and a past president of both the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He has also won the most prestigious service awards offer by each of those organizations.
This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call the JCPL at (828)586-2016.