Contemporary Appalachia in Fiction

Thu. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Robert Gipe (Weedeater), Mesha Maren (Sugar Run), and Tim Poland (Yellow Stonefly) discuss their uniquely Appalachian novels, featuring resilient yet realistic characters and stark yet captivating settings. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

Weedeater is a pitch-perfect look at our beloved Appalachia, at once an amalgam of masterful writing and characters that are funny and smart and fully human. Such a powerful book.”—Crystal Wilkinson, author of The Birds of Opulence

“The literary lineages here are hard-boiled fiction and film noir, but on every page of her debut novel, Mesha Maren creates bold new takes on those venerable genres, a much needed refresh of worn tropes and clichés. Maren is masterly at describing America’s modern wastelands, the blasted towns not yet and maybe never-to-be the beneficiaries of rehabilitation and reoccupation.”—Charles Frazier, The New York Times Book Review

“Tim Poland’s Yellow Stonefly has quick action, lively characters, and rich description, but even more striking is what lies underneath all of it: a narrative confidence, subtle yet strong, that lets you know you’re in the hands of a master storyteller.”—Jim Minick, author of Fire Is Your Water