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Author Ann Pancake on Mountaintop Removal Mining

October 02, 2007

Category: Environmental Science, Events


What exactly is "mountaintop removal?" What is its history in the exploitation of natural resources in Appalachia?  What impact has it had on the people and environment of that region? Writer Ann Pancake will discuss those questions and more in the next edition of the Catawba College Community Forum, October 23.

Ann Pancake is a native of West Virginia. Her collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the 2000 Bakeless Award for fiction. Other honors Ms. Pancake has received include a Whiting Award, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize, and creative writing fellowships from Washington, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies like Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, and New Stories from the South. Ms. Pancake earned her bachelor of arts degree from West Virginia University and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She currently teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.

At the October Forum, Ms. Pancake will share some of what she learned while researching her new novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been, about mountaintop removal mining in southern West Virginia. The novel was released in late September by Shoemaker & Hoard, and Ms. Pancake will read passages for the Forum audience.

Join us for this next installment of the Catawba College Community Forum on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall on the campus of Catawba College. Admission, as always, is free of charge.


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