Press release and publication announcement for my new book

I’m cheating a bit this evening because I sent these out as releases and have also posted them on the blog for my book. I’ve been busy getting reading for its arrival, and gardening, and writing, and hanging out with my child.  I’ll get back to my painfully witty and cutting analysis of the world’s events and the fall of modern Paganism a little later.


for immediate release 5/30/12

Accent on Books is pleased to celebrate H. Byron Ballard’s book “Staubs and Ditchwater: a Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks’ Hoodoo” with a launch party on Friday, June 15th at 6PM. The book is Ballard’s first and is published by Silver Rings Press. Ballard will speak about the process for creating “Staubs and Ditchwater”, read a little from the book and copies will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the bookstore at 252-6255 or Accent on Books is located at 654 Merrimon Ave, in north Asheville.

Here’s the press release announcing publication:

re: a friendly and useful book from Asheville’s Byron Ballard and Silver Rings Press

Silver Rings Press, an imprint of indie publisher rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING, Candler, NC, is pleased to announce the publication of “Staubs and Ditchwater: a Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks’ Hoodoo” by H. Byron Ballard. Ballard, a popular blogger and essayist, is a western North Carolina native whose work has appeared regionally and nationally.

The book—part memoir and part instructional primer—is an entertaining introduction to southern Appalachian folk magic.

Ballard leads local and regional workshops on these traditional practices and techniques. After much thought and conversations with a wide range of people, she decided to share some of this information from, in her words, the fading traditional cultures of the southern Highlands. She found that there is a hunger in both the dominant culture and in her spiritual community for authentic information on this subject. She did some research, talked to some home-folks and created a series of workshops based on what she’s learned and practiced over the years. This little book—drawn from the workshop series– gives the student a good over-view of techniques, history and a glimpse into the culture from which they all flow.

Available June 15, 2012, this book may be ordered through the author at,

Ballard is a witty and engaging speaker, so if you’d like to book a reading with her, she’d love to discuss that, too, at 828.216.8961


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