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'Kettle Bottom' author to present at Appalachian Women's Conference

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2004) -- The Appalachian author of the recently released book "Kettle Bottom," Diane Gilliam Fisher, will be a featured speaker at the Women of Appalachia Conference on Oct. 28.

Fisher writes about life in and around the West Virginia coal mines. "Kettle Bottom" tells the stories of miners, their wives, children, sisters and mothers. The book is about how residents in a West Virginia coal mine town lived in the presence of constant danger and the choices the residents made.

"Diane Fisher makes the stone of the West Virginia mountains yield up its human past, and gives a second, enduring life through her art to the people of her home place," says Eleanor Wilner, award-winning poet and author. "Kettle Bottom" is Fisher's third book. Her others are "One of Everything" and "Recipe for Blackberry Cake."

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments, takes place on the Ohio University Zanesville Campus, Oct. 28 and 29. For more information regarding the conference and Dr. Gilliam's presentation, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 740-588-1401 or e-mail ouzconted@ohio.edu. You can also find additional information at www.zanesville.ohiou.edu/ce/wac/.  

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