Top Twos-day: Mountains and Monuments

Each Tuesday I’ll bring two items or people into focus. They may be books, authors, lists, whatever turned my head, landing on my radar.

Stand Up That Mountain: the battle to save one small community in the wilderness along the Appalachian Trail by Jay Erskine Leutz (Scribner: imprint of Simon and Schuster) released this month. Leutz is an avid outdoorsman and local lawyer living in the most remote and misunderstood region in our country. This true story takes readers from the moment a fourteen year old phones Leutz to the last battle cry. “Jay helps assemble a talented group of environmental lawyers to do battle with the well-funded attorneys protecting the mining company’s plan to dynamite Belview Mountain, which happens to sit next to the famous Appalachian Trail, the 2,184-mile national park that stretches from Maine to Georgia.”

Lyricist, actress, and screenwriter Emmy Laybourne’s post-apocalyptic YA debut novel, Monument 14 (Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan imprint) introduces us to fourteen high school students, eighth graders and elementary children trapped by devastation as they begin a typical school day. The students must come to grips with their group dynamic, survival, and bleak future. Read an excerpt…

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  1. I love book trailers. I don’t know who came up with the idea and when, but they are so fun. The first one I ever watched was the book trailer for Mara Dyer. Spoooooky. 🙂

    1. I haven’t seen that trailer, Erin…is that for the YA The Unbecoming?
      I saw a trailer series years ago from Robin Cook (2008 release of Foreign Body) and I remember thinking this is the future, actors portraying short clips to draw readers in, though I have to say he was bankrolled by his publisher Berkley for that one…not everyone can hire a studio production.
      It’s an excellent way to publicize now, even for newbies.

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