A partnership with the Hindman Settlement School.
Fireside Industries strives to publish creative work by authors with unique perspectives, diverse backgrounds, and compelling voices, who are telling the complex stories of Appalachia and rural America. We look for books that are driven by language and characters that can inform, entertain, challenge, and illuminate places and people who are often under-represented in literature.
At Fireside Industries, we want to be a publisher of work that pays homage to the past while also keeping our eyes on the future. Most of Fireside Industries books will be new acquisitions but occasionally we will also re-issue texts that are foundational or deserve a second, and wider, look. The imprint is a collaboration between The University Press of Kentucky and Hindman Settlement School.
Awards, Accolades & Reviews
2021 Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Silver Winner, General (Adult Fiction)
Selected as one of “The Best Southern Books of October 2021” by Southern Review of Books
Selected by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) as one of the featured titles in the 2022 Great Group Reads list
Winner of the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award
Clapsaddle’s lush debut thrusts 19-year-old Cowney Sequoyah into WWII intrigue…The clear, crisp prose hums consistently as the intricate story easily moves along and new details about Cowney’s family’s past emerge. Both an astonishing addition to WWII and Native American literature, this novel sings on every level.Publishers Weekly (starred)
Winner of the Weatherford Award for Poetry
As the title suggests, musical performance supplies narrative material in Worthington’s debut; so does Worthington’s female-specific, Appalachian experience. The political sphere is present in flickers, in, say, a grandfather’s xenophobic World War II racism or (in the title poem) violence against women, where the ‘girl singer’ mourns ‘the women killed in all the murder / ballads I knew.’ … Rhetorical questions can often be edited out of poems, but this one provides passage, in celebration and disgust, to contemplating the waste that unites all creatures.The New York Times
EVEN AS WE BREATHE
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
NPR’s All Things Considered
Appalachian Mountain Books
Southern Literary Review
Southern Review of Books
Mary Whipple Reviews
Robert Gipe Blog
Shortlisted for Reading Women’s 2020 Fiction Award
Listed on Forbes’s “The Books and Gifts Bookstores Recommend for 2020”
Listed on NPR’s Favorite Books of 2020
Listed on Book Riot’s Best Books of 2020