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Friday, September 19, 2014

Denise Giardina to read at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg

BOOK DISCUSSION AND MEET THE AUTHOR: Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina

Author: Denise Giardina

When: Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm

Cost: Free, but a ticket is required.

     Call the Carnegie Hall office to register 304-645-7917.

Class size: minimum 5; maximum 400

Ages: 16 and older

Location: Carnegie Hall - 105 Church Street - Lewisburg, WV


Join us for an interactive discussion of Storming Heaven, by Denise

Giardina. After the discussion, you will have an opportunity to meet the

author. Denise Giardina's book, Storming Heaven, uses four strong,

entirely different voices to "evoke the passion and the pain of unionizing

the coal mines of Kentucky and West Virginia in the early 20th century. The

canvas is broad, the action complex but even minor characters quicken to

life in this memorable, beautifully written novel. The inhabitants of the hills

of Appalachia see their beloved land stolen by the coal companies; forced

to work in the mines, they are cheated out of their pay. Families starve, die

of malaria and dysentery and slowly, almost against their will, begin the

fearsome job of fighting back. In 1921, an army of 10,000 workers marches

on a single town. The coal companies, the police, and finally the federal

government close in; hundreds are killed and the man who masterminded

the attack is shot. As fast-paced and compulsively readable as a thriller, this

novel never overlooks the gentler pleasure of living on the land, falling in

love, raising a family. Stunning sensory images sear scenes on the mind's

eye. Giardina (Good King Harry) has written one of those rare books that

portrays a small world with impeccable clarity while telling an exciting story

in vigorous, elegant prose." (Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information,


This book club is offered in conjunction with the Coalfields and Molasses Making exhibit,

which will be on display at Carnegie Hall during the months of January and February 2015.