Appalachia

Book review: Roberta Schultz reviews Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio, a collection of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, edited by Neil Carpathios with a forward and contribution from bestselling author Donald Ray Pollock.

Provided, Chicago Review Press

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.

The importance of saving heirloom seeds

Jul 19, 2013

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.

"Pinkhoneysuckle" by Barbara Everett Heintz

Jun 14, 2013

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.

"Appalachian Toys and Games from A to Z"

May 10, 2013

Our Roberta Schultz has a review of the fascinating new book, Appalachian Toys and Games from A to Z by Linda Hager Park and Pat Banks, published by University Press of Kentucky.

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