Monday, January 30, 2006

fundraiser for Mountain Justice Summer

*** Press Release - For Immediate Release ****

Kentucky author Erik Reece will be signing and reading from his new book about mountaintop removal coal mining in Kentucky entitled
"Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness - Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia" (Riverhead Books, 2006)
on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 at Communality, 112 High Street in Lexington
(2 doors down from Bombay Brazier Indian restaurant).

This event is a fundraiser for Mountain Justice Summer, a multi-state grassroots movement to stop mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. A spaghetti dinner will be served and donations for Mountain Justice Summer 2006 are welcomed at the door (no one turned away).

What the critics are saying about "Lost Mountain":
"A portrait of coal country as stark and galvanizing as Harry Caudill`s classic Night Comes to the Cumberlands" - Kirkus Reviews

" ... An impassioned account of a business rife with industrial greed, devious corporate ownership and unenforced environmental laws. It's also a heartrending account of the rural residents whose lives are being ruined by strip-mining's relentless, almost unfettered, encroachment." - Publishers Weekly

“Reading Lost Mountain is like grabbing a hot electrical wire – it fills you with fire, and makes you want to scream like hell.” - Men's Journal

About the author: Mr. Reece is winner of the 2005 John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism for "Lost Mountain," his Harper's magazine story on mountaintop removal, and his work has been featured in Orion magazine, The Oxford American, and the Lexington Herald-Leader. He teaches writing at the University of Kentucky. He can be reached at email

Contact: Dave Cooper 859 299 5669
Patty Draus 859 299 5669

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