Two Authors Give Two Views of Appalachia at the Grog Shop

Fri 4/19 @ 5:30PM

You may be as tired as we are about hearing endless media examinations of those sainted “rural voters,” a blitz that became a deafening roar after J.D. Vance’s book Hillbilly Elegy gave them a narrative that appealed to them.

Elizabeth Catte, author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, and Matthew Ferrence, author of Appalachia North, have different takes. Catte gives a history of the region and its stereotypes and explores why there’s so much obsession with it, giving examples by Appalachian instead of outsiders. Ferrence, on the other hand, looks at the portions of the Appalachian region that sit in states typically considered “northern,” such as Pennsylvania and Ohio, but which share some cultural attitudes with traditionally Appalachian states.

Both authors will talk at the Grog Shop in Coventry Village in a fee event sponsored by Mac’s Backs books. They’ll have books on hand for purchase and signing. The event is free.




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