Author Visit with Lonormi Manuel

Author of The Price of Bread and Shoes Lonormi Manuel will be discussing her book, a historical fiction based on the lives of women who lived in West Virginia’s coal camps and what they had to do to survive.  She will also be signing copies of her book.

About the author:

Born in eastern Tennessee and raised in southwestern Virginia, Lonormi Manuel has called Kentucky home for over thirty years. Her writing, both fiction and nonfiction, addresses universal themes in Appalachian settings. A passionate historian, genealogist, and student of the labor movement, Lonormi finds inspiration for her fiction in old newspapers, oral histories, genealogy, and the stories of the working class, writing not only about but for the Appalachian people. Her short fiction has appeared in Still: The Journal, Wraparound South, Barely South Journal, and Change Seven Magazine, and her creative nonfiction has appeared in The Roanoke Review. Her first novel, The Price of Bread and Shoes, was published in 2022. With a steady presence in the Top 50 historical fiction books on, it has received praise from celebrated Appalachian writer Robert Gipe (Trampoline) and Pauletta Hansel (Will There Also Be Singing?). Lonormi is currently working on Rivers of Soil and Steel, which follows the characters from The Price of Bread and Shoes after they leave Chemame Creek, West Virginia.

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