we are going out of town this weekend so we will miss the Bluegrass Festival of Books. looks like a great event if you like books. i'm especially sorry we won't be able to make it to the following discussion...go if you can.
4/29: KY Authors Mountaintop Removal Panel
WHAT: Lost Mountains: Kentucky Authors Mountaintop Removal Panel
READINGS BY: Bobbie Ann Mason, Mary Ann Taylor Hall, Erik Reece
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 29
WHERE: Lexington Convention Center Room: Thoroughbred 7, Lexington KY
DETAILS: The mountains of Appalachia are home to one of the great forests of the world - and also the mother lode of American coal. The coal mining industry has long mined the Appalachian mountains for coal, but now, with the advent of radical strip mining, just 10 men and some heavy machinery can literally blast the top off of a mountain - and mete out economic and environmental devastation on an unprecedented scale.
Erik Reece, writing teacher at the University of Kentucky, spent a year chronicling the decimation of Lost Mountain in Eastern Kentucky - and eloquently paints a picture of a crisis that extends far beyond the local political and economic climate. Joining Erik Reece will be Anne Shelby and Bobbie Ann Mason, participants in the April 2005 "Mountaintop Removal Tour."