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Coal Country CoverCoal Country
Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Mining
Edited by Shirley Stewart Burns, Mari-Lynn Evans,
and Silas House

Paperback (ISBN: 978-0-57805-166-3)
304 pages
20 color photographs.
More than 200 b/w photographs.

This illustrated book, like the powerful documentary on which it is based, gives voice to the growing chorus of protest against mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia through a rich collection of essays, oral history, commentary, and images. Coal Country features many of the personalities from the film in their own words, as well as thoughtful and eloquent essays in defense of the Appalachian land, people, and culture. Illustrations include contemporary photographs of this still-beautiful region—and of mining devastation and the affected landscapes, communities, and people—by noted photojournalists such as Mark Schmerling, Builder Levy, and Vivian Stockman, as well as archival photos of Appalachian mining and culture. Sidebars feature literary excerpts, song lyrics, drawings, and cartoons.

Contributors include Wendell Berry, Nick Clooney, Ashley Judd, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Loretta Lynn, and Kathy Mattea.

Shirley Stewart Burns is the author of Bringing Down the Mountains, the first academic book detailing the social, environmental, political, and economic consequences of MTR mining on southern West Virginia communities. She holds a Ph.D. in history with an Appalachian emphasis and served as an editor for the Family and Community section of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, among other publications. Born in the southern coalfields of Wyoming County, West Virginia, Burns is the daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, and sister of underground coal miners.

Mari-Lynn Evans has executive-produced many television programs and films, including The Appalachians, a top-rated three-hour PBS documentary (with companion book and soundtrack), which was seen by more than 100 million people. Originally from Bulltown, West Virginia, Evans now lives in Akron, Ohio.

Silas House is the author of the novels Clay’s Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves (2002), and The Coal Tattoo (2004), and the play The Hurting Part (2005). His work has received many awards, including two Kentucky Novel of the Year Awards, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Appalachian Book of the Year, and the Chaffin Award. House lives in eastern Kentucky, where he was born and raised.







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