Carden hosts for program on Appalachian ‘Jack Tales’ and their origins
The Jackson County Public Library will host renowned storyteller and playwright Gary Carden on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. for a program on Appalachian Jack Tales and their origins. The program will be held in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex.
Jack Tales are a particular variety of Appalachian folk tale, but their reach extends far beyond our region and stretches far back in time. “Jack and the Beanstalk” may be the bestknown of the Jack Tales, but there are variations on many other familiar tales, including “Cinderella” and “Snow White.” As far back as any English-language folktale can be traced, there are stories about Jack, often a trickster or sometimes just a simple, shy boy, or even a mute. So what makes a story a Jack Tale? Where do they come from? Carden will explore these questions and the many origins of Jack Tales, from the Brother Grimm to Shakespeare, and in the process will tell a few of his favorite tales.