In this episode of Shelf Life, Arlan sits down with Laura Leigh Morris (Jaws of Life) and Natalie Sypolt (The Sound of Holding Your Breath) to discuss Appalachian literature–past, present, and future. Topics of conversation include:
How is Appalachian literature different from Southern literature?
How well does Appalachian literature convey the history and culture of the area?
What are people/media getting wrong about Appalachia?
What are the complexities of writing Appalachia and challenging the stereotypes we often see in the media?
What themes and threads runs through the Appalachian literature?
Who are the essential Appalachian writers?
If people want to read more about the region, either fiction or non-fiction, where should they turn first?
Appalachian writers mentioned in this episode:
Sheila K. Adams
Breece D’J Pancake
Frank X. Walker