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Storyteller Richard Rouse has put his prose into a new book, “The Welcome Home Door and Other Stories” (Rouse House Media $9.95).

And now the author, at 89, is planning a book signing in Wytheville, Virginia, to celebrate his literary contribution on June 14 — just in time for the eve of the Chautauqua Festival in Wytheville, which runs June 15-22.

“The Welcome Home Door and Other Stories” features nine lighthearted and humorous tales — plus one poem — from Rouse, a seasoned traveler, carpenter and beekeeper.

A friendship with songwriter Rodney Crowell — and Crowell’s song “That Old Door” — inspired Rouse to create the short story “The Welcome Home Door.”

Rouse lives at Independence, Virginia, the courthouse town Grayson County, and says he wrote this 132-page collection for his wife, older brother and his three sons.

One short story, “The Indian and the Prof,” is a 25-page novelette about a teacher who reluctantly accepts a beautiful gift after being shot while delivering Christmas gifts to students in a snowstorm.

Other tales by this native of Syracuse, New York, focus on pigs — including “An Unlikely Flying Companion,” “Lightning Strikes a Pig” and “Dewey’s Pig Goes North.”

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