Rural Voices: Challenging the Assumptions about Small Town America

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

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28th Street
2660 28th Street SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Okemos - Meridian Mall
1982 Grand River Ave
Okemos, MI 48864

Editor and Moderator Nora Shalaway Carpenter will be joined by several contributing authors to discuss the anthology Rural Voices. From a mountain town in New Mexico to the gorges of New York to the arctic tundra of Alaska, you’ll find yourself visiting parts of this country you might not know existed—and meet characters whose lives might be surprisingly similar to your own. 

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Think you know what rural America is like? Discover a plurality of perspectives in this enlightening anthology of stories that turns preconceptions on their head.

Gracie sees a chance of fitting in at her South Carolina private school, until a “white trash”–themed Halloween party has her steering clear of the rich kids. Samuel’s Tejano family has both stood up to oppression and been a source of it, but now he’s ready to own his true sexual identity. A Puerto Rican teen in Utah discovers that being a rodeo queen means embracing her heritage, not shedding it. . . .

For most of America’s history, rural people and culture have been casually mocked, stereotyped, and, in general, deeply misunderstood. Now an array of short stories, poetry, graphic short stories, and personal essays, along with anecdotes from the authors’ real lives, dives deep into the complexity and diversity of rural America and the people who call it home. Fifteen extraordinary authors—diverse in ethnic background, sexual orientation, geographic location, and socioeconomic status—explore the challenges, beauty, and nuances of growing up in rural America. From a mountain town in New Mexico to the gorges of New York to the arctic tundra of Alaska, you’ll find yourself visiting parts of this country you might not know existed—and meet characters whose lives might be surprisingly similar to your own.

Featuring contributors:

David Bowles

Joseph Bruchac

Veeda Bybee

Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Shae Carys

S. A. Cosby

Rob Costello

Randy DuBurke

David Macinnis Gill

Nasugraq Rainey Hopson

Estelle Laure

Yamile Saied Méndez

Ashley Hope Pérez

Tirzah Price

Monica Roe

Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536212105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020