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UT Humanities Center: Public Books Circle with Author Ann Pancake and Professor Amy Elias
Discussion of Strange As This Weather Has Been, by Ann Pancake

To start our series for the new year, you are invited to participate in a book discussion and a conversation with UTHC Director Amy Elias and author Ann Pancake about her critically acclaimed novel Strange As This Weather Has Been!

Called by the New York Times Book Review “Powerful, sure-footed and haunting,” Strange As This Weather Has Been is set in 1990s West Virginia in the midst of a coal boom and tells the story of a family plagued by poverty and by the effects of the mountaintop removal mining that is destroying the land around them. As the mine turns the mountains to slag and wastewater, workers struggle with layoffs and children find adventure in the blasted moonscape craters. The novel is centered in place and in character, telling its story from different perspectives of these family members. One reviewer noted that “Ann Pancake’s powerful novel … reveals our humanity in the midst of beauty and grief and heartbreak and joy, while simultaneously opening our eyes to … environmental disaster—without ever sacrificing character or story.”

Ann Pancake grew up in West Virginia and is the author of two short story collections; Given Ground, which won the 2000 Bakeless award; and Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley. Her first novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been, was one of Kirkus Review's Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007, won the 2007 Weatherford Award, and was a finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Award. She has also received a Whiting Award, an NEA Grant, and a Pushcart Prize.

Amy J. Elias is Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and director of the UT Humanities Center.

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Jan 20, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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