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Self-taught woodcarver whittles her way into books for kids

Sep. 19, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

ISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Out in the mountains just a stone’s throw from where she grew up, you can usually find Minnie Adkins, 86, sitting in a recliner holding a knife. With a towel on her lap and a soft piece of wood in one hand, the elderly but spunky woman whittles until the faces of foxes, bears,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, file photo, Rhiannon Giddens performs during rehearsal for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston. The Grammy-winning musician is Silkroad's new artistic director, taking the baton from renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who founded the group two decades ago, Silkroad said on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The North Carolina native is the first woman and first multiracial artist to lead the Boston-based organization. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Silkroad's new face: Grammy-winning artist Rhiannon Giddens

Jul. 28, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

Silkroad, the acclaimed international musical collective with a social conscience, has a new face — and a fresh sense of purpose. Grammy-winning folk singer and instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens is Silkroad's new artistic director, taking the baton from renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who founded the group two...