A simple call from his neighbors launched Jay Leutze ’90 into a fierce legal battle with a mining company to save the mountain where he lived in Western North Carolina’s remote Appalachians. Leutze, a trustee for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, just published a memoir about the fight he took up along with a grassroots coalition of conservationists to save Belview Mountain in Avery Co. The book, “Stand Up That Mountain,” (Simon and Schuster 2012) chronicles his five-year ordeal that set groundbreaking legal precedent concerning the revocation of mining permits.
In addition to detailing the legal ins-and-outs of the case, Leutze writes of his love of the region: “In a sense I was ruined for every other place, every other life I could imagine.” He writes with equal fondness of the landscape and its people.
In an early starred review Publishers Weekly called the book “wide-eyed and instructive,” praising Leutze for taking the reader through “complex, occasionally riveting twists and turns of the American judicial system and strikingly [depicting] the region’s unique beauty."
The Raleigh News & Observer relates Leutze’s writing style as “in the tradition of narrative nonfiction like Jonathan Harr’s ‘A Civil Action,’ all the way back to Truman Capote’s classic ‘In Cold Blood.’”
Read more about the book.
Local reading and book signing:
Tuesday, June 26, from noon to 1 p.m.
Foundation For The Carolinas,
220 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.
For more information about the event, contact:
Tommy Holderness at 704.377.8345 or email@example.com
-June 13, 2012