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Looking At The Life Of Appalachia Through A Noir Lens

Courtesy of David Joy


Who are you willing to die for? That question is at the center of a new Appalachian noir novel set in western North Carolina, where author David Joy has lived his entire life.

The plot of “The Line That Held Us” (G.P.Putnam’s Sons/2018) centers on the relationship between Darl Moody and his best friend, Calvin Hooper. The two men are trying to cover up a dark secret, and their loyalty is tested as that secret comes to light.

Author David Joy joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the book and its central themes of family and place. Joy also talks about how Appalachian culture has changed in the past few decades as the world becomes more mobile and globalized.

Joy will read at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Tuesday, Aug. 14. He will be also be at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh on Wednesday, Aug. 15 and at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on Thursday, Aug 16. You can find a list of all of his readings here.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.