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Southern tall tales

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Donald Davis comes from a long line of tall-tale tellers. He grew up in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the 1950s, absorbing stories and the art of telling them from his grandmother, his Uncle Frank and the area's rich tradition of oral allegories. And for the last 20 years, he's been traveling the country sharing what he learned.

Davis draws his audiences in by presenting stories of universal slices of life - getting braces and its accompanying awkward emotions, the frustrations and elations of family trips, or simply the goings-on of small towns in America. His work has been featured at the Smithsonian Institution, the World's Fair and at many concerts and festivals across the country - he speaks in front of more than 500 audiences a year. You might also have heard him on National Public Radio's "Good Evening" program, where he's a guest host.

This Saturday, he'll perform an all-ages show at the Whiteford Branch Library. 11 a.m., 2407 Whiteford Road, 410-638-3608.

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