Standing Up Mountains in the Tricities September 15 and 16
Local author Jay Leutze of "Stand Up That Mountain" comes to Johnson City September 15 and 16. After moving to a cabin near Roan Mountain, Jay Leutze's life changed after a concerned phone call from a 14-year old neighbor. Leutze went from hiking and fishing to fighting alongside his neighbors to save their mountain home. "Stand Up That Mountain", published June 2012, is the story of the battle against a gravel-mine operation in the wilds of Avery County, NC, along the Appalachian Trail.
Jay's way of capturing local characters is captivating. He writes in the local accent and slang and reflects accurately the crazy and wonderful personalities you meet up here in the mountains. He is a poet too. His descriptions of the rich nature of the mountain balds and forests gives me goosebumps. I don't live in the Roan but I can see the Roan ridge distant from my home in Johnson City and his story has given me a whole new appreciation.
There will be two opportunities to interact with the author, and also participate in a forum on grassroots inspiration. Saturday September 15, from 1pm-3pm, at Nelson Fine Arts and Framing (324 East Main St. Johnson City), there will be an Open House "Meet the Author", with book signing and sales, and refreshments. Supported by Nelson Fine Arts and Jerry Greer Photography. Sunday September 16, from 3:30pm-5:30pm, sponsored by Green Interfaith Network Inc., will be at the Johnson City Public Library (100 West Milliard St, Johnson City). The evening will be a "Stand Up That Mountain" author-led presentation and discussion on inspiring neighbors to save community and wild places in the Southern Appalachians. More information on both events at www.greeninterfaith.org
When: Saturday September 15, 1pm-3pm
What: "Meet the author" Open House at Nelson Fine Arts with Jay Leutze, sales and signing of "Stand Up That Mountain," refreshments provided.
Where: Nelson Fine Arts and Framing, 324 East Main Street, Johnson City
When: Sunday, September 16, 3:30pm-5:30pm
What: "Stand Up That Mountain" presentation, reading, and discussion on inspiring neighbors to save community and wild places in the Southern Appalachians, with Green Interfaith Network Inc. www.greeninterfaith.org
Where: Johnson City Public Library, 100 West Milliard St, Johnson City