Monday March 05, 2012
Novelist/activist Kingsolver talks about preserving the mountains she loves
By: Silas House
On March 11, two of Appalachia’s favorite daughters combine their talents to present a show at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver will be there with Grammy-award winning singer Kathy Mattea for “A View from the Mountaintop,” an evening of spoken word and song. The two artists are particularly hoping to let more people know about their work against mountaintop removal coal-mining, and about the Scenic Vistas Protection Act, a bill proposed by the Lindquist Environmental Appalachian Fellowship (LEAF), that would protect ridges above 2,000 feet from being removed by surface coal mining.
Kingsolver is widely considered one of the great modern American writers. Her works include “The Poisonwood Bible,” “The Bean Trees,” “The Lacuna” and many others. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country’s highest honor for service through the arts. She is also widely known for her commitment to the environment and labor issues. Her book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” was at the forefront of the local foods movement. Among her many contributions to community and social justice, Kingsolver established the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, which gives the largest monetary award for a work of fiction in North America.
Kingsolver talks about her commitment to Appalachia, the mountains, the environmental movement, and much more.
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