Bottom Dog Press, Inc., an independent Ohio publisher, has announced the release of a new novel set in Ohio’s Appalachia by author, Larry Smith. The Long River Home is a family saga set in rural Vinton County and industrial Jefferson County covering four generations of the McCall family. Smith is a native of Mingo Junction, Ohio, in the Panhandle region of Ohio River Valley. The author states of the book, “My family history provided the backbone of the book, yet it is a work of fiction. Things I didn’t and couldn’t know were imagined, and I hope make the story whole.”
The author is a graduate of Mingo Central High School, Muskingum College, and Kent State University, he is the author of three books of fiction, seven books of poetry, a book of memoirs, and two biographies of American authors Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Kenneth Patchen. Smith has worked as a cook, steel mill laborer, high school teacher, college professor, and as a writer and editor.
Now a professor emeritus of Bowling Green State University’s Firelands College, Smith is the director of the Firelands Writing Center. He has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, and a Fulbright Lectureship in American Literature to Italy. He is a requested speaker on creative writing, publishing, American Romantic writers, Zen Buddhist writings, and Ohio and working-class literature. He and his wife Ann, a counselor and professor emerita of Nursing at Toledo University of Ohio, are the parents of three adult children and live along the shores of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio.
Novelist Annabel Thomas describes The Long River Home: “In this fine Appalachian novel, Larry Smith chronicles four generations of McCalls, their joys and sorrows, their sins and their nobility….Such regional fiction has always been about people: their connections with one another, their home place, their struggles to survive and to prosper. It’s all here, set, in the grand tradition of Wendell Berry and Conrad Richter, against the Ohio landscape: its hills and its rivers, its frontier beginnings and its later industrial development. We care about the place and its people.”
Michigan author Jeff Vande Zande states, “The Long River Hometraces the growth of the McCall family tree from rural Southern Ohio to the industrial Ohio River Valley. . Wild and conflicted, Andrew McCall brings sons into the world who bring sons into the world….each as trapped by the McCall ancestry as he is buoyed by it. This novel is untamed at times, tender at times, and at all times, truthful and deeply human.”
The author will be doing a series of book signings and readings throughout the state including: September 5 at 10-12 am at The Book Exchange in Port Clinton, Ohio; Sept. 13 at 2 pm at The Coffeehouse Readings, 140 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio; Sept. 19 at 1:30 pm at Borders Books and Music, Sandusky Mall; Sept. 26 at 7 pm in conjunction with poet Robert Flanagan at The Lit, Literary Center, 2570 Superior Ave., Suite 203, Cleveland, Ohio. In October Smith will appear at The Great Lakes Independent Book Association Trade Show at The Renaissance House, Cleveland on Oct. 3 at 11-12, and again that day at 4:00 pm at Visible Voices Bookstore in Cleveland’s Tremont area. On October 22 at 7 pm he will be at The Beehive Café in Delaware, Ohio.
The book which is 240 pages long is available in hard or soft cover, ($22 and $16) and may be ordered directly from Bottom Dog Press at http://smithdocs.net, and at area and on-line bookstores.
[Smith may be reached at Lsmithdog@aol.com. Review copies available on request.]
Bottom Dog Press, Inc.
PO Box 425, Huron, OH 44839
419-433-3573 / Lsmithdog@smithdocs.net