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July 2019 - News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

July 2019 - News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

The July Indie Next List – from the American Booksellers Association – includes:

Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch

Under Currents by Nora Roberts


The Library of Virginia nominates three people for three Literary Awards each year. Here are the nominees with strong personal and/or subject connections to Appalachia:


James A. McLaughlin – Bearskin

Tim Poland – Yellow Stonefly


Catherine Kerrison – Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black in a Young America

Beth Macy – Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America


Michael Chitwood – Search and Rescue

Erika Meitner – Holy Moly Carry Me


Kim Michele Richardson is happy to announce that she can now share the full version and lyrics of Ruby Friedman Orchestra's song "Book Woman of Troublesome Creek". Words and music by Ruby Friedman Guitar, Violin, Banjo : Ben Landsverk – inspired by the book she published by the same name.

Crystal Wilkinson is a finalist for the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.