In September, 1955 Emma Gatewood became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person, man or woman, to walk it twice, and three times. Grandma Gatewood, as reporters called her, started her first hike along the trail after telling her family she was going out for a walk. The next anybody heard from her she had hiked the first 800 miles of the 2,050-mile trail. Ben Montgomery, enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and founder of the narrative journalism website Gangrey.com, scoured Emma Gatewood’s diaries, trail journals and correspondence, and interviewed surviving family members and people she met along her hike, to unveil the story behind this 67-year old grandmother and her journeys. He talks with us about his book, Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.
Berea, Kentucky author Bill Best has written a new book extolling the need to save and protect the native heirloom seeds for fruits and vegetables. Robyn Carey-Allgeyer talks with the author about Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia and what simple steps every farmer and gardener can do to maintain the genetic diversity these seeds provide.
Lee Hay talks with longtime Cincinnati resident Barbara Everett Heintz about her book Pinkhoneysuckle, a semi-autobiographical tale of a woman growing up in what she refers to as “3rd world shame” in America’s Appalachian region.
Judith Turner-Yamamoto has a review of a new book of photography from the Ohio University Press.Face to Face: The Photography of Lloyd E. Moore features works by the longtime Lawrence County, Ohio attorney. Lawrence County, along the Ohio River in southeast Ohio, sits at the start of the Appalachian Mountains, and in the mid-1970’s, Lloyd Moore began photographing his clients who came from all walks of life and backgrounds.