Author Event: Jeremy B. Jones and Heather Bell Adams

Page 158 Books is pleased to welcome authors Jeremy B. Jones and Heather Bell Adams for a digital author event discussing Jones’ book BEARWALLOW, now out in paperback and winner of the Appalachian Book of the Year in Nonfiction. This will be a digital author event hosted on our Crowdcast channel. Registration for this event can be found here.


Across the Blue Ridge Mountains stretches a world both charming and complicated. After living abroad, Jeremy Jones and his wife move into a small house above the creek where his family had settled 200 years prior. He takes a job alongside his former teachers in the local elementary school and sets out on a search to understand how this ancient land has shaped its people―how it shaped him. His search sends him burrowing in the past―hunting buried treasure and POW camps, unearthing Civil War graves and family feuds, exploring gated communities and tourist traps, encountering changed accents and immigrant populations, tracing both Walmart sidewalks and carved-out mountains―and pondering the future. He meshes narrative and myth, geology and genealogy, fiddle tunes and local color in his exploration of the briskly changing and oft-stigmatized world of his native southern Appalachians and particularly the mystical Bearwallow Mountain, a peak suddenly in flux.


Jeremy B. Jones' essays appear in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Oxford American, Appalachian Reckoning, and The Iowa Review. Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Jeremy earned his MFA from the University of Iowa and now serves as an associate professor of English at Western Carolina University, where he teaches creative writing and directs the Spring Literary Festival. Alongside Elena Passarello, Jeremy is the series co-editor of In Place, a nonfiction book series from West Virginia University Press. 


Heather Bell Adams is the award-winning author of MARANATHA ROAD and THE GOOD LUCK STONE. Her short stories and scholarship have appeared in numerous literary magazines and reviews. A native of Hendersonville, North Carolina, she currently is an attorney living in Raleigh. 


Our event provides a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate. Anyone violating these rules may be expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the organizers.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
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415 S Brooks Street
Suite B
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949467543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Blair - May 25th, 2021

Maranatha Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943665754
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Vandalia Press - September 1st, 2017

The Good Luck Stone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950182046
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Haywire Books - July 7th, 2020

Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy Cover Image
By Anthony Harkins (Editor), Meredith McCarroll (Editor)
ISBN: 9781946684790
Availability: In Warehouse, Usually Ships to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: West Virginia University Press - February 13th, 2019