Catawba Valley Community College will host two readings by Jay Leutze, author of “Stand Up That Mountain,” on November 19. A reading will be held at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the college’s East Wing Auditorium.
The book is a true story of how Leutze, an outdoorsman living alone in Western North Carolina, was approached by a 14-year-old girl and her aunt to save Belview Mountain and protect the nearby Appalachian Trail from a mining company they believed was illegally tearing it down. Leutze, a non-practicing attorney, teamed up with his North Carolina mountain neighbors and environmental lawyers to mount an attack on Clark Stone Company and its violations of state mining laws. His account of the trial demonstrates what is possible when local people set their minds to righting a wrong. Leutze’s classic underdog story has been described as “a moving portrait of a remote place and the people who live there.” The case he made against the mining company set groundbreaking legal precedent and won a complete victory.
Born in Virginia, Leutze lives in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. He has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is a Trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the nation’s most established land trusts.
For more information about the author’s readings Nov. 19, contact Donna Ross, Humanities Department Head, 828-327-7000, ext. 4111.