What: A Special Books Sandwiched In welcomes author Elizabeth Catte 7:00-8:30 PM
When: Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street

What You Are Getting Wrong.jpgKnox County Public Library invites you to join author Elizabeth Catte for a discussion of her book What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia in this special Books Sandwiched In evening program.

Catte describes What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia as "a critical look at Hillbilly Elegy-fication of politics…." The 2016 book she references depicted Appalachia as ground zero for America’s “forgotten tribe” of white working-class voters. Catte responds by unpacking common myths about Appalachia and providing an insider's progressive view of the region.

"I'm happy to return to Knoxville, where stories of union organizing in Morristown and activism at Highlander inspired me and helped me understand the legacy of direct action in Appalachia," Catte said.

elizabeth-catte-cropped.jpgCatte describes herself as a public historian and writer based in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. In accordance with an ancient curse, her last name is pronounced “cat.” She is co-editor of 55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike. Her work has been featured in or on many outlets, including All Things Considered, The Guardian, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bookforum, On the Media, Guernica, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Review of Books.

Copies of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia will be available for purchase at the event through our sponsor Union Ave Books. Drinks are available for 50 cents.

Many thanks to the Friends of Knox County Public Library for their continuing and generous support of our Books Sandwiched In program series.

Check for a copy of What You Are Getting Wrong about Appalachia in KCPL's collection OR pick one up at Union Ave Books.

Treehouse's picture


12:00 pm?

Doug Veum's picture

I think you can check (here!)

I think you can check (here!) for the answer on time etc.

eellis's picture

7:00 pm

The correct time is 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Sorry for the incorrect info.

Up Goose Creek's picture


It is interesting that the author spoke a lot about coastal elites. Scanning the audience and listening to those who stepped up to ask questions I got the impression a big part of the audience could be classified as what passes for Knoxville intelligentsia. I.e our version of coastal eleites. No one I saw struck me as working class Appalachian. No people of color, but it was a big audience.

Just mulling that in one tiny corner of Appalachia we have a way to go in terms of inclusivity.

In hindsight I wish I had stood up and asked the author's opinion.

Up Goose Creek's picture

Eggs and Power

One of Ms Catte's most memorable comments had to do with getting people who care about where their eggs come from to care about where their power comes from.

She is very concerned about pollution, from coal mines to coal ash. She will point out how the effects of power production are felt by the poorest and those who are othered.

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