OGDEN, Utah – Donald Davis absorbed the finer points of his profession not at divinity school, nor behind the pulpit of the United Methodist Church, but much earlier – as a kid sprawled on a porch in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. When Reverend Davis realized his true calling, he traded 20 years of Sunday sermons, weddings and funerals for the nomadic life of a professional storyteller.
During his annual zigzag around the country, Davis headlines festivals, teaches seminars and performs in crowded classrooms or before huge conventions. The recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s coveted Circle of Excellence Award, Davis has served as guest host on National Public Radio’s “Good Evening,” and appeared on CNN and ABC’s “Nightline.” He is the author of several books and numerous storytelling cassettes and CDs, whose down-home titles include “Jack and Granny Ugly,” “Uncle Frank Invents the Electron Microscope” and “Barking at a Fox-Fur Coat.”
Davis’s free performance at Weber State University’s Stewart Library Special Collections, at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8, literally returns the 10th annual WSU Storytelling Festival to its beginnings. The idea for a festival first emerged in a Friends of the Stewart Library board of directors meeting. The 1996 Storytelling Festival proved so successful that it soon moved from the WSU campus to downtown venues. This year’s Storytelling Festival runs November 7-9, sponsored by WSU and the Department of Teacher Education.
For parking information for Davis’ Stewart Library performance, please call the InfoBooth at (801) 626-6974. For other information regarding this performance, please contact Linda Sillitoe, special projects assistant, at (801) 626-7351.
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