IN FOCUS: Barbara Kingsolver Reading benefits Appalachian Sustainable Development01.06.2006
ABINGDON, VA — Internationally acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver read from some of her books as part of a public fundraiser to benefit Appalachian Sustainable Development. The event took place at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005.
Kingsolver is the author of The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, The Bean Trees and many other novels, short stories, poems and essays. The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 and voted Book of the Year by American Booksellers. Kingsolver was also recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2000. She grew up in Kentucky and now lives in Washington County, Va. along with her husband and two daughters. Like her husband, Steven Hopp, she was educated as a biologist, training that now informs her writing, gardening and activism on environmental issues.
Kingsolver read from her 2004 work, Small Wonder (a collection of essays) as well as from a new work not yet published. She chose Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) for this benefit because, she says "ASD is a perfect extension of what I believe in. Engaging in our local economies, supporting sustainable, environmentally pro-active livelihoods, working for change — these are simple, profound steps any of us can take toward feeling better about the world and our own place in it. ASD is a model that all of us should happily support."
For more information about Appalachian Sustainable Development, call 276-623-1121.