Long considered an urban phenomenon, industrialization also transformed the American countryside. Lou Martin weaves the narrative of how the relocation of steel and pottery factories to Hancock County, West Virginia, created a rural and small-town working class–and what that meant for communities and for labor.
Lou Martin is a board member at the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum and an associate professor of history at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.
“There are few contemporary novels that I truly admire. Van Eerden’s novel rises to the top of my list.”
Margot Singer, author of The Pale of Settlement
A West Virginia native, Jessie van Eerden holds a B.A. in English from West Virginia University and an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa.
“Trampoline is that rare kind of book, a first novel that feels like a fourth or fifth.… It is a roaring tale that knows when to tamp its own fire—which is another way of saying that it is funny as hell but will hurt you too.” — Electric Literature
Robert Gipe lives in Harlan, Kentucky, and grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. His fiction has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Still, Motif, and Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel.
Retired pastor and local author Doug Heidt will be signing copies of his book The Love That Will Not Let You Go. This book is an alternative to what passes for Christianity in movies, television, videos, novels, political campaigns, and, sadly, in many churches. It is for Christians, people of other faiths, and people of no faiths. It is for those who have given up on religion and those with secret doubts about concepts and biblical narratives most Christians seem to believe easily.
Check out this excellent piece from the Gazette.