We are pleased to announce that Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities by Susan Eike Spalding has been awarded the Weatherford Award in non-fiction by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association. The award is given to books that “best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” The Weatherford winners will discuss their books at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 4:00 in room 102 of the Roger-Stout building at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.
One award judge noted, “Appalachian Dance is not just for people interested in dance or in artistic expression. It speaks to a larger audience interested in the experiences of people in Appalachia—experiences conditioned by local and national changes in demographics, migration, economics, politics, social trends, and folk revivals. This volume describes the ebb and flow of community.”