Author David Joy examines geographical divides among people, places, and America
Article by the Center for Political Communication, September 22, 2017. See the entire conversation here.
The "As We Stand | Divided" speaker series welcomed its second speaker, David Joy, to the Mitchell Hall Theater last Wednesday evening. The North Carolina native writes about life in Appalachia, focusing on struggles of the people with poverty, crime, and drug abuse. He created an intimate atmosphere with the audience, reading excerpts of One Place Misunderstood, and a section of his most recently published book, The Weight of This World. On his stories of Appalachia, Joy said, "I go to the darkest places imaginable and find humanity."
Joy is the author of Where All Light Tends To Go as well as the novels The Weight Of This World and the upcoming The Line That Held Us. He is also the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey, which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award.
UD's Center for Political Communication hosts its annual National Agenda speaker series, which is free and open to the community, to promote civil and constructive dialogue about current issues affecting today's political landscape in America. This year's series explores the many divides that exist in the United States, including gender, geographic, religious, partisan, and cultural. David Joy mentioned on stage that "an event like this is a prime example in encouraging meaningful dialogue."