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Fred Brown and Jeanne McDonald

Fred Brown, a journalist for over 40 years, retired from the Knoxville News-Sentinel in December 2007. He graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor’s in English. In 1984, he received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he studied southern history. A contributor to several Civil War magazines, he is the author of The Faces of East Tennessee and Marking Time, about the history of East Tennessee historical markersBrown also worked with Harry Moore to write Exploring October Roads, published by the University of Tennessee Press.

Jeanne McDonald has published over 25 short stories in anthologies, magazines, and journals. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a bachelor’s in English. McDonald worked as the managing editor of publications at the UT Center for Business and Economic Research and taught writing classes in the UT noncredit program. She helped establish the Knoxville Writer’s Guild and served as its president. She is also a recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission/Alex Haley Fiction Fellowship. The author of Water Dreams, McDonald writes for Metro Pulse and Knoxville Magazine.She was named to the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.

The couple’s first literary collaboration was Growing Up Southern: How the South Shapes Its Writers. The hardcover edition of The Serpent Handlers, originally published in 2000, won the Harry Caudill Award for Journalistic Reporting and was a Benjamin Franklin Award finalist in religion and an Independent Publisher Award finalist in religion.

Books from Blair

The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith