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‘Appalachia North’ Explored At Next Lunch With Books

WHEELING –The next Lunch With Books program at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Ohio County Public Library in downtown Wheeling will be “Appalachia North: A Memoir.”

“Appalachia North” is the first book-length treatment of the cultural position of northern Appalachia-roughly the portion of the official Appalachian Regional Commission zone that lies above the Mason-Dixon line.

For Matthew Ferrence, this region fits into a tight space of not-quite: not quite “regular” America and yet not quite Appalachia. “Appalachia North” is an investigation of how the labels of Appalachia have been drawn and written, and also a reckoning with how a body always in recovery can, like a region viewed always as a site of extraction, find new territories of growth.

Ferrence teaches creative writing at Allegheny College, where he lives and writes at the confluence of the Rust Belt and Appalachia.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website online at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.

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