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Twilight in Hazard: An Appalachian Reckoning with Hopewell Public Library
September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the Hopewell Public Library (HPL) for a Wednesday Night Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 from 7-8pm at the Hopewell Train Station as HPL welcomes Alan Maimon, author of “Twilight in Hazard: An Appalachian Reckoning.” The event is free and open to all.
From investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Alan Maimon comes the story of how a perfect storm of events has had a devastating impact on life in small town Appalachia, and on the soul of a shaken nation. Maimon provides a comprehensive analysis of the region’s recent history–the devastating opiate crisis, the intense religious allegiances, the bitter, bareknuckled political rivalries, and the faltering attempts to emerge from a century-long coal-based economy. He learns that everything—and nothing—you have heard about the region is true. It is a region whose generations-long struggles are driven by quintessentially American forces.
Twilight in Hazard is not a direct response to Vance or to the region’s overwhelming support of Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020, but it is mindful of how the collision of culture and politics has profoundly impacted how Eastern Kentuckians are viewed and view themselves.
The era-defining events of the early 2000s provide the basis for an exploration of where the region and our country stand today. Eastern Kentucky is a microcosm, the state of the nation in the big picture.
Maimon’s sharp observations and personal stake in the subject make this a standout account of what ails rural America.” —Publishers Weekly
“Twilight in Hazard chronicles the decades of taking that Appalachia has weathered, but it also chronicles the strength and resiliency of the human spirit of those who have been left behind. This book is harrowing, angering, and, most importantly, true.” — Wiley Cash, NYT’s bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home
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