CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The editors of a book about political protests in Appalachia will talk and sign books later this week at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.
Stephen L. Fisher and Barbara Ellen Smith edited a book of 17 essays, published by the University of Illinois Press earlier this year, titled "Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia."
The editors' short talk will begin about 6:20 p.m. on Friday. They will sign books from 6 to 7 p.m.
"Transforming Places" argues that activists around the world can learn from political protests and activism in Appalachia, where the attachment of many residents to their land and communities drives their efforts to preserve the environment.
"Like place-based activists in other resource-rich yet impoverished regions across the globe, Appalachians are contesting economic injustice, environmental degradation, and the anti-democratic power of elites," the University of Illinois Press stated.
During a telephone interview, Smith said, "Steve and I are both really excited to do a signing in Charleston. He grew up in Charleston and identifies with West Virginia. His sister still lives in the area.
"I lived in West Virginia for over 20 years, working for the black lung movement, beginning in the early 1970s."
Smith, a professor of women's and gender studies at Virginia Tech, said some chapters in the new book deal directly with important issues in West Virginia, such as its chapter on mountaintop removal mining.