I was first tagged in this little venture by Mo Duffy Cobba fellow creative nonfiction writer I met while in graduate school at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
At the time he was a rural mail carrier. He sold his first novel shortly thereafter. Writing[ edit ] House's first novel, Clay's Quiltwas published in House's work has been championed by such acclaimed writers as Lee SmithBrad Watsonand Larry Brownall of whom were mentors for House.
Barbara Kingsolver has said in print that House is one of her "favorite writers and favorite human beings" and Wendell Berry has expressed his support many times, including during an interview with the New York Times In MarchHouse published Something's Rising with fellow anti-mountaintop removal activist Jason Howard.
The book is a series of profiles of various anti-mountaintop removal activists from the region, including musician Jean Ritchie, author Denise Giardina, and activist Judy Bonds.
The book was called "revelatory" by esteemed author and oral historian Studs Terkel, in his last blurb. Lee Smith wrote the introduction. House's fourth novel, Eli the Good, was published in September to great acclaim.
The book emerged as a number one bestseller on the Southern lists and received the first annual Storylines Prize from the New York Public Library system, an award given to a book for use in the ESL and literacy programs of New York City, as well as an E.
White Award given by the American Booksellers Association. This special edition is illustrated Arwen Donahue and includes the original song Brennen's Ballad by Sue Massek, which was the inspiration for the story. House and Vaswani recorded the highly successful audiobook version of the novel, which won an Earphones Award, and the Audie Award for Best Narration, the highest honor given to audiobooks.
House's sixth novel, Southernmost was published in June and was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
His work has been anthologized in such books as New Stories From the South: House's essays and short stories have been featured on NPR's All Things Considered several times during his time there as a commentator.
House is also a playwright. The latter two plays were both subsequently staged at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. In he was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers. House has been awarded three honorary doctorates.
In he was invited to speak at the Library of Congress. Academic career[ edit ] House served as a writer in residence at Eastern Kentucky University and at Lincoln Memorial University He served for one year,as interim director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center.
Music writing[ edit ] House is also a music journalist and a contributing editor to No Depression magazine, for which he has written features on Lucinda WilliamsDelbert McClintonand many others. Activism[ edit ] Between and House was very visible in the fight against mountaintop removal miningan environmentally devastating form of coal mining that blasts the entire top off a mountain and fills the valley below with the debris.
House says he got involved in the issue after being invited on a tour of devastated mountains by environmentalist, author, and public intellectual Wendell Berry. House wrote the original draft of the Kentucky authors' statement against the practice; since the draft more than three dozen authors have signed it.
House serves on the board of Appalachian Voicesthe major clearing house for grassroots organizations fighting mountaintop removal, was a speaker in at Appalachia Rising, a major protest in Washington D.
In recent years House has become increasingly outspoken on bullying and fairness issues. He wrote an editorial for The New York Times  about the fight for gay equality in small towns that led to him being invited to speak at the Library of Congress in August He presently lives in Berea, Kentucky.
He has two children and is married to writer and editor Jason Howard.An Evening With Silas House, Part 2, "A Kernel of Truth Loaded With Fiction," by Silas House Museum Bookshelf: A Parchment of Leaves, by Silas House, reviewed by Connie Danner Volume 19 - A deep love for home suffuses this heartfelt, well-crafted debut novel set in the Kentucky hills.
Clay Sizemore, a young coal miner from a big family and a small town, never doubts that he will li. His other works are A Parchment of Leaves (House, A Parcment of Leaves, ), The Coal Tattoo (House, The Coal Tattoo, ), and Eli the Good (House, Eli the Good, ).
There are two crucial influences on House’s dialect that differentiates him from the accent and dialect used in my family. Robbing The Headlines: Repurposing True Events in Fiction They had just finished reading his novel A Parchment of Leaves, and I hoped they would ask him meaningful and intelligent questions about the novel, questions that would lead to a deeper understanding of themes and .
Like an old-fashioned hymn sung in rounds, Something's Rising gives a stirring voice to the lives, culture, and determination of the people fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal in the coalfields of central Appalachia.
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