Upcoming events

    • February 16, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Table 9: 40 Donley Street, Morgantown, WV 26501

    This month we will be discussing What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte. We will again meet at Table 9. Book club is informal. Just stop by or stay for dinner. Couples welcome!

    Note: This book is available in paperback at Barnes & Noble in Morgantown.


    "What are we getting wrong about Appalachia? A lot. And we are not just getting it wrong because we do not know. We are getting it wrong because reckoning with the reality of the Appalachia people and culture serves a historical project of disdain, distancing, and deliberate disinvestment in our nation. Elizabeth Catte has written an essential guide on how to talk about race, class, gender and the cultural geographies that shape our lives. Our discourse on Appalachia has been used a cudgel, much of it designed to obscure more than it reveals. Catte uses data and lived experiences to reveal an Appalachia that is not some “othered” out there against which we compare ourselves to make inequality more palatable. This is a necessary antidote to the cyclical mainstream interest in Appalachia as a backwards, white working-class caricature.”  —Tressie McMillan Cottom, Professor of Sociology, author, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

    "A necessary response to the bigotry against a much-maligned culture." --Chris Offutt, author, Kentucky Straight

    “A bold refusal to submit to stereotype.”  —Kirkus Reviews

    “Fiercely argued and solidly grounded, this an excellent primer on understanding and resisting the common distortions about Appalachia’s past and present.”  —Anthony Harkins, author, Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon


    In 2016, headlines declared Appalachia ground zero for America’s “forgotten tribe” of white working class voters. Journalists flocked to the region to extract sympathetic profiles of families devastated by poverty, abandoned by establishment politics, and eager to consume cheap campaign promises. What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a frank assessment of America’s recent fascination with the people and problems of the region. The book analyzes trends in contemporary writing on Appalachia, presents a brief history of Appalachia with an eye toward unpacking Appalachian stereotypes, and provides examples of writing, art, and policy created by Appalachians as opposed to for Appalachians. The book offers a must-needed insider’s perspective on the region. 


    Elizabeth Catte is a writer and historian from East Tennessee. She holds a PhD in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and is the co-owner of Passel, a historical consulting and development company.


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Past events

January 12, 2019 January Book Club - Happiness: A Novel
December 21, 2018 WVU Medicine Children's Santa's Workshop
December 15, 2018 Kid's Holiday Party: Cookie Decorating, Crafts and a 🎅🏼 appearance!
December 13, 2018 December Book Club: The Soul of America
November 15, 2018 November Night Out: Ladies Night at Bourbon Prime
November 08, 2018 November Book Club: The Trouble With Goats and Sheep
November 03, 2018 Halloween Play Date: Cheat Lake Park Playground
November 01, 2018 2019 Executive Board ELECTIONS!
October 25, 2018 October Gourmet Night: WVU Football Tailgate
October 18, 2018 October Game Night: Team Trivia at Primanti Bros.
October 13, 2018 October Night Out: Fright Farm
October 11, 2018 October Book Club: The Gifts of Imperfection
September 29, 2018 September Night Out: Home Run and Hops Craft Beer Festival
September 25, 2018 September Membership Meeting
September 23, 2018 Playground Play Date: Westover City Park
September 20, 2018 September Game Night: Team Trivia at Primanti Bros.
September 15, 2018 September Family Event: Tour Morgantown Fire Station 3
September 13, 2018 September Book Club: Wild
August 31, 2018 Playground Play Date: Tugboat Depot
August 21, 2018 Playground Play Date: Dorsey's Knob Park
August 19, 2018 August Morgantown Adventures: WV Black Bears Tailgate and Game!
August 16, 2018 August Game Night: Team Trivia at Primanti Bros.
August 14, 2018 Playground Play Date: Marilla Park
August 09, 2018 August Book Club: Beartown
August 07, 2018 Playground Play Date: Krepps Park
August 04, 2018 1st Annual Welcome Picnic
July 31, 2018 Playground Play Date: Wiles Hill
July 10, 2018 July Book Club: Destiny of the Republic
June 29, 2018 June Night Out: The Wine Bar at Vintner Valley
June 26, 2018 June Membership Meeting
June 20, 2018 June Game Night: Team Trivia at Kegler's
June 14, 2018 June Gourmet Night: Taste of West Virginia
June 12, 2018 June Book Club: Funny in Farsi
June 09, 2018 June Morgantown Adventures: Botanic Garden Nature Walk
May 26, 2018 Hello Summer, Goodbye Grads! Memorial Weekend Dessert-Off
May 24, 2018 May Gourmet Night: May I have your recipe please?
May 18, 2018 May Night Out: Crab Shack Caribba @ Cheat Lake
May 12, 2018 April/May Charity: Art Sale to Benefit WVU Medicine Children's Hospital
May 07, 2018 May Book Club: Better
April 26, 2018 April Gourmet Night: Mario's Fishbowl
April 26, 2018 WVU Medicine Take Your Child to Work Day Volunteer Station
April 24, 2018 April Membership Meeting
April 21, 2018 April Morgantown Adventures: VIP WVU Core Arboretum Wildflower Walking Tour
April 18, 2018 Game Night: Team Trivia at Kegler's
March 29, 2018 March Gourmet Night: The Wine Bar at Vintner Valley
March 25, 2018 Spring Egg Hunt
March 13, 2018 March Charity: BINGO @ WVU Medicine Children's
March 10, 2018 St. Paddy's Day Family Potluck
March 06, 2018 March Membership Meeting
March 05, 2018 March Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See
February 21, 2018 February Game Night: BUNCO
February 13, 2018 February Charity Night: Rosenbaum Family House Dinner
February 11, 2018 Kids Valentine's Day Party
February 06, 2018 February Membership Meeting
February 05, 2018 February Book Club: Wonder
February 04, 2018 Gourmet Night: Chili Cook-off Super Bowl Party
January 09, 2018 January Membership Meeting
December 21, 2017 WVU Medicine Children's Santa's Workshop
December 17, 2017 Kid's Holiday Party - Cookie Decorating!
December 09, 2017 Holiday Party
December 05, 2017 Monthly Membership Meeting