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Madeline ffitch (Stay and Fight), Jeff Mann (LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia), and Valerie Nieman (To the Bones) discuss their fiction and what it means to write about contemporary Appalachia, from nuanced politics to difficult stereotypes. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.
Why should you attend?
“A contemporary feminist spin on the traditional pioneer novel… With Stay and Fight, ffitch aims to update the frontier narrative from a queer feminist perspective, spinning a tale of exodus from a cruel new America where pipelines and pollution pox the countryside… Stay and Fight succeeds in mapping the obscure psychological and emotional territory that defines a life caught between commitment and ambivalence, between rebellion and resignation.”―Wes Enzinna, The New York Times
“[LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia is] an immersive exploration of queer life within the confines of a conservative American subculture.”—Foreword Reviews
“[Nieman’s] evocative, intelligent prose conjures an anxious mood and strong sense of place while spotlighting the societal and environmental devastation wrought by the coal mining industry.”—Kirkus Reviews