What a great time we had on the YELLOW EARTH book tour. We loved seeing all of our old friends. Lots of hugging and kissing and shaking of hands. That was then!

We were very lucky to return home – last stop Seattle – and to be symptom free. We are self isolating these days, with plenty to entertain us. Take care of yourself and look around to see who might need some help. Now go wash your hands

John and Maggie


Now you can visit the beautiful West Virginia Mine Wars Museum in Matewan itself. The Museum is re-opening in a union-owned building in Matewan, WV on May 16, 2020 – the town’s official date of observance of the shoot-out that occurred there 100 years ago. It’s a small but mighty museum in Matewan that tells the story of coal miners and their struggle for unionization and justice. It’s exciting to see the exhibits, their mission, and their space grow over these past five years. Because it’s a small organization with limited funds, the Museum’s volunteers and small staff have been doing the majority of the work themselves: hanging up drywall, hauling off trash, painting the walls, and re-designing the exhibits. This expansion allows the Museum to expand on the story of the Mine Wars in greater detail than their space allowed across the street, and will serve as a springboard for growth in their education programming. If you’d like to honor John Sayles and the movie, donate what you can to help the museum move into its new quarters. Any donations will support the museum’s re-build and it’s ongoing programs. Donations can be made on their website at www.wvminewars.com/donate or sent to their mailing address at P.O. Box 764, Matewan, WV 25678.

And visit Matewan West Virginia! They will make you welcome -Maggie


What a whirlwind of a great time we had on both legs of our YELLOW EARTH book tour, and at the American Cinematheque Sayles film series in L.A.

Thank you to all who came out to partake in the readings and discussions of YELLOW EARTH. 17 cities of engaged citizens and great conversations! Film fans – we hope you enjoyed the retrospective and got to see a few features. We had a very ambitious schedule and couldn’t be at all of the screenings, but it was great to revisit some of those old favorites with you! Many thanks to the independent book sellers and librarians who hosted us, American Cinematheque, and our favorite film archivists, UCLA!

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