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EKU to host ‘Appalachian Reckoning: A Response to Hillbilly Elegy’ panel on Nov. 14 in Crabbe Library

Eastern Kentucky University Libraries will join the Department of Communications to host the panel “Appalachian Reckoning: A Response to Hillbilly Elegy,” on Nov. 14 in the Crabbe Library. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion to follow at 6 p.m. J.D. Vance’s memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” has been surrounded by controversy since its 2016 release. “Appalachian Reckoning:...

Ron Daley: J. D. Vance’s book ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ fosters negative stereotypes of Eastern Kentuckians

J. D. Vance’s 2016 book “Hillbilly Elegy” about his family’s life in Breathitt County does not reflect the people I have been neighbors with for the past 44 years. Even though this Yale Law graduate spent his life in Middletown, Ohio, with some visits to his family’s hometown in the mountains, Vance’s microscopic description of his dysfunctional family will continue to foster negative stereotypes...

Rural Blog: New 60-acre Ky. greenhouse is part of a plan to get fresher produce to Eastern U.S.

In Morehead, ground has been broken on a project that, its founder hopes, will help bring jobs to Eastern Kentucky and supply fresher produce to the Eastern U.S. AppHarvest founder Jonathan Webb plans to build a series of huge greenhouses to grow tomatoes at first. The solar-power professional “has no prior experience in farming, but he has managed to attract $97 million in project financing...

Melissa Martin: An alternative history of Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte, a rebuttal to Hillbilly Eulogy

The Appalachian region, defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission, includes 420 counties in 13 states in the United States. All of West Virginia, parts of Kentucky, and parts of Ohio are considered Appalachian. The story of an Appalachian family was told by J.D. Vance in his 2017 book, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis. It will soon become a Ron Howard Hollywood movie. Many...

Startup Week unites internationally-known venture capitalists, Kentucky’s brightest innovators

Startup Week is drawing internationally acclaimed business pitch competitions by Endeavor and Rise of the Rest to Kentucky through Friday, along with announcements, partnerships and initiatives to fast-track the state’s business innovation environment. “In Kentucky, we are helping people to take ideas and turn them into companies that transform our economy,” Gov. MattBevin said. “During Startup...

Jamie Vaught: Hillbilly Elegy, sports memoirs among recommended non-fiction books for winter reading

This is the first of a two-part series on recently-published nonfiction books. Spring is still more than a month away and it’s likely there is still some cold weather in our future. Here are a few non-fiction books you might enjoy reading around the fire. –“Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad and the Things I’m Not Allowed To Say on TV” by Joe Buck (Dutton, $28) is a candid and humorous...

Joy to the $100 Christmas: Generous giving, priceless memories without the financial hangover

By Thomas Seibold Special to KyForward In his bestselling new book Hillbilly Elegy, author J.D. Vance paints a vivid picture of the Appalachian culture he grew up in, including its attitudes toward earning and spending. While recounting an unpredictable childhood marked by broken marriages, violence, and addictions among the adults who were supposed to be caring for him, he singles out the custom of...