WMU News

Phillips pens book on Appalachia

June 29, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Claude S. Phillips, professor emeritus of political science at Western Michigan University, is getting attention for his novel, "The Shot from the Mountain: An Appalachian Odyssey." The book, published in 2004 by Priscilla Press, has been placed in the "Notable" category by Writers Notes Magazine.

"The Shot from the Mountain" covers the tribulations and quests of an Appalachian miner struggling to improve his life and the life of his family," wrote a reviewer in the magazine. "A world of which I knew little, peopled with characters I grew to care about. Realistic, memorable."

Writers Notes Magazine recognizes excellence from independent and small presses, self-published authors and unique and short print runs.

Phillips retired from WMU in 1988 after 31 years of service. He lives in South Haven, Mich., with his wife, Nancy, who owns the Hidden Room Book Shoppe.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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