Join author Elizabeth Catte for a discussion of her book What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia in this special Books Sandwiched In evening program on Thursday, August 30, 7:00–8:30 in the East Tennessee History Center at 601 South Gay Street.
Catte describes What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia as "a critical look at Hillbilly Elegy-fication of politics…." The 2016 book she references depicted Appalachia as ground zero for America’s “forgotten tribe” of white working-class voters. Catte responds by unpacking common myths about Appalachia and providing an insider's progressive view of the region.
"I'm happy to return to Knoxville, where stories of union organizing in Morristown and activism at Highlander inspired me and helped me understand the legacy of direct action in Appalachia," Catte said.
Catte describes herself as a public historian and writer based in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. In accordance with an ancient curse, her last name is pronounced “cat.” She is co-editor of 55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike. Her work has been featured in or on many outlets, including All Things Considered, The Guardian, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bookforum, On the Media, Guernica, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Review of Books.
Copies of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia will be available for purchase at the event through our sponsor Union Ave Books. Drinks are available for 50 cents.
Many thanks to the Friends of Knox County Public Library for their continuing and generous support of our Books Sandwiched In program series.