Appalachian Mountain Books has provided new, used and out-of-print books about the Southern Appalachian Region to scholars and readers since its founding in the Summer of 1982. It is a family business operated by George and Connie Brosi, both of whom have been involved in Appalachian culture and issues throughout their lives. They travel widely both buying and selling books, attend numerous regional literary events, and George holds down a half-time job as editor of Appalachian Heritage, a literary quarterly published by Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.
George Brosi has written about regional life and literature in many venues. He is the co-editor of Jesse Stuart: The Man and His Books (1988), published by the Jesse Stuart Foundation and No Lonesome Road: The Prose and Poetry of Don West (2004), published by the University of Illinois Press. He is also the editor of the Images and Icons section of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia Companion to Southern Literature (2006) from the University of Tennessee Press and a contributor to three literary reference books from Louisiana State University Press including the article on "Appalachian Literature" in Companion to Southern Literature (2003). He chairs the committee to select the annual Weatherford Award winner in fiction for the Appalachian Studies Association. In 2003, the Appalachian Writers Association gave George their award for outstanding contribution to regional literature.
When George and Connie Brosi established Appalachian Mountain Books, they had already gained extensive experience both in the book business and serving the Southern Appalachian Region. During the 1960s, Connie taught at Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County, Kentucky, where she introduced her students to regional books which many of them came to love. One of several regional authors she met while there was Rebecca Caudill who was born nearby and visited the school often. Her book, Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charlie, was about one of Connie's students. During this same decade, George was working off-and-on for the Council of the Southern Mountains, out of Berea, Kentucky, an experience which allowed him to meet regional authors like Harry M. Caudill and Jesse Stuart.
Connie and George married in 1971 at Pickett State Park in Tennessee and established their first home on a small farm near Sequatchie, Tennessee. Throughout the seventies, they were involved in local and regional cultural activities and issues. In 1979, George and Connie were hired by the Council of the Southern Mountains to work at their Appalachian Book and Record Shop in Berea, a store which specialized in new books and records about the Mountain South.
Feeling that many of the most important regional books were out-of-print and not available in a store that only sold new merchandise, Connie and George established their own family book business in 1982. It began when George took $100 to a book sale in Louisville and then began to sell those books and use the proceeds to buy more.
During the 1980s, Appalachian Mountain Books rented space in Berea for a walk-in bookstore for about five years and published a catalog/magazine also called Appalachian Mountain Books. In 1989, the family and its book business moved to a small farm near Cherokee, North Carolina. While there, George finished a masters program at Western Carolina University in English education. He was inspired to gain a teaching credential by the many in-service training sessions he had led on Appalachian Literature for teachers and librarians.
The family returned to Kentucky and, throughout the 1990s, they continued the book business while George taught college English mostly part-time for The University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and the community college system, including Appalachian Studies courses at UK and Appalachian Literature at EKU.
In 2002, George was hired, half-time, to edit Appalachian Heritage, a position that allowed him to discontinue teaching. He still edits the magazine, and he and Connie, having raised their seven children, are now able to travel extensively acquiring regional books and offering them for sale. Our long-term commitment to and involvement in the Appalachian Region, as well as more than thirty years experience selling regional books, allow us to bring an amazing selection to your library or event.