"...Is it true that white Appalachians share a common Scots-Irish heritage and does this heritage inform our social position in the modern world? The answer to both questions is an emphatic 'no.'" Elizabeth Catte's article "The Mythical Whiteness of Trump Country" has been included in the Boston Review's year end review, "Our Top Stories on Race in 2017." Check out the article for a preview of her upcoming book, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, which you can preorder here.
We are thrilled to announce a new book for our Notches imprint, Roseland by Rayshauna Gray. Spanning 200 years, Roseland tells the story of the last seven generations of Gray’s family through her direct female ancestors, alongside the arc of U.S. history. Using research and oral histories, Roseland explores that tender place where myth meets memory -- and the meaning between. In her essay, “Chiasmus: A Narrative of Ascent,” essay published in Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology (Belt Publishing 2017), Gray opens with an ancestral roll call. Roseland will continue that call: “It’s 1986 and I’m born on the South Side...
Chicago Detours, a tour company for architecturally and historically minded Chicagoans, recently mentioned Rust Belt Chicago on their holiday gift guide. Also noted: Young Mr. Obama by Belt author Edward McClelland. We especially appreciate that they encourage holiday shoppers to pick up their books from local independent bookstores. Check out their full list of recommendations here.
Thanks to everyone who helped celebrate the launch of Grand Rapids Grassroots at The Pyramid Scheme! If you missed the party, catch co-editor Dani Vilella in conversation with a panel of anthology contributors at Grand Rapids Public Library on December 7th.
Cincinnati's CityBeat named How To Speak Midwestern in their list of "Notable Regional Books for 2017." Check out the full list of titles with Cincinnati appeal here.