Conference preview: Appalachian Studies Association, 2019

With the annual meeting of the Appalachian Studies Association coming up March 14–17 in Asheville, NC, we wanted to provide an overview of talks and events of interest to friends of West Virginia University Press. If you can’t be in Asheville, follow along with the hashtag #AppalachAville, and have a look at our titles in Appalachian studies here.

Book exhibit: Visit us in the exhibit hall (Highsmith Student Union’s Alumni Hall) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to meet press staff and see all our latest books. If you’re pitching a project, feel free to contact Derek Krissoff (for nonfiction) or Abby Freeland (for fiction) ahead of the conference to ask about meeting. Email addresses are on the WVU Press website.

Appalachian Reckoning event: Volume editors and contributors to Appalachian Reckoning, our new set of responses to Hillbilly Elegy, will read at Malaprop’s Bookstore in downtown Asheville on Saturday, March 16, at 7PM. More info here.

Appalachian Reckoning session: You can also see the book’s editors and contributors in Session 6, Saturday morning at 8:30AM.

Women Writing Appalachia session: WVU Press’s marketing manager and fiction editor, Abby Freeland, will participate in the Women Writing Appalachia session on Saturday at 8:30AM. The session also features WVU Press authors Natalie Sypolt, Laura Long, Laura Leigh Morris, and Sheryl Monks.

In other sessions featuring authors of new books from WVU Press . . .

Archiving After Coal session: Tom Hansell, author of our new book After Coal, will participate in a session on Friday at 8:30AM.

LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia session: Jeff Mann and Julia Watts, coeditors of our volume LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia, will present with contributors to the book at a session on Friday at 10AM.

Opioid Aesthetics session: Author and series editor Travis Stimeling will participate in a session on Saturday at 2PM.

See you in Asheville!

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