James De Monte, author of Where Are Your People From? A Novel in Stories and Joee Goheen will read at Mac's on Thursday, June 8th at 7 p.m.
Meet Giacomo Agostini, retired coal miner and first-generation American, a son of foreigners, a Depression kid who never got over it, the second-oldest living member of the St. Theresa's Knights of Columbus hall, and a pick-and-shovel man from Appalachian Ohio. Spanning ninety years, James B. De Monte's Where Are Your People From? explores the fellowship and hardship of Midwest Italian-Americans in the post-industrial Appalachian region of Ohio through the eyes of a son of immigrants. With authenticity, humor, and grace, De Monte delivers a truly American story.
"By turns elegaic and brimming with vivid, immediate life, James De Monte's collection evokes the soul and concern of Carlo Levi and the gorgeous rough detail of the Appalachian writer Breece Pancake. The reach is bold, novelistic, the individual stories break ground into the soil of Frank O'Connor's 'submerged populations.'" -Varley O'Connor
Joee Goheen is a poet and essayist from West Virginia. She just completed the NEOMFA program at CSU.