James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

Fallowses Featured in Roanoke Times Editorial

Posted on September 19th, 2019 at 1:10 PM

The Roanoke Times

Lessons from Danville

The Roanoke Times' September 19, 2019 editorial discusses Danville, Virginia's comeback, as highlighted recently by the Fallowses. The article describes the city's transformation from "a Southern mill town without any active mills to a poster child for how to build a new economy out of the ruins." 

The Fallowses highlighted three things that have powered Danville’s transition from the industrial age to the information age — and, the article points out, not a single one has been directed by the federal government. The editorial concludes, "National politicians can be glib about assigning blame — be it foreign competition or rapacious corporations — but local leaders need to ignore all that and get to work fixing their own communities. The lesson for voters: If your local elected officials aren’t doing that, replace them with ones who will."

Fallowses to Deliver 2019 Building Opportunity Keynote

Posted on September 12th, 2019 at 12:49 PM

Delaware Community FoundationBuilding Opportunity Keynote

Jim and Deb Fallows will deliver the Delaware Community Foundation's annual Building Opportunity Keynote on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The annual presentation, which seeks to elevate big ideas and inspire conversations statewide, inspired the Our Lens Challenge, a statewide photography competition which allows high school students to showcase the stories of their towns. In addition to the keynote, the Foundation is also supporting statewide Book Circles reading Our Towns. Through this project, the DCF is inspiring conversation by providing up to 500 free books to discussion groups statewide. 

For more information:  Building Opportunity Keynote    Our Lens Challenge     2019 Book Circle

Featured in the Holland Sentinel

Posted on September 8th, 2019 at 10:56 AM

Holland Sentinel

In his September 8, 2019 column in the Holland Sentinel, Douglas Brouwer writes about the positive changes he's seen since his return to Holland, MI in the last year. The Fallowses featured Holland as an example of resurgence in small-town life across the U.S., an argument, Brouwer says seems, "just right to me." 

Read the article here.

Fallowses Featured at Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors

Posted on September 6th, 2019 at 1:42 PM

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors

James and Deborah Fallows are featured speakers at this weekend's Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors in Downtown Winston-Salem, NC. The session, Saturday, Sepbember 7, 1:15 - 2:00pm in Mountcastle Forum. A book signing will follow. For more information on the Festival, go to this link.

Featured in Gaylord Herald Times

Posted on September 2nd, 2019 at 9:09 PM

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Why Community Colleges Matter

In his September 2, 2019 opinion column, David Roland Finley, president of North Central Michigan College, reports on the Fallowses' argument that, "Community colleges are the most crucial part of this era’s American educational system."

Read more details about why your community’s college matters in the article linked here.


Interviewed on Arkansas Education Television Network

Posted on August 9th, 2019 at 6:23 PM

Arkansas Education Television Network

AETN Barnes and Interview with James Fallows

Barnes and a Conversation with…” in production for more than 20 years, is a cutting-edge current affairs program featuring conversations with a variety of prominent individuals from many interests and backgrounds. This AETN public affairs series is hosted by veteran journalist Steve Barnes. In this edition, Barnes speaks with James Fallows about Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, a book he co-wrote with his wife, Deborah Fallows.

Featured in Sioux Falls.Business

Posted on July 31st, 2019 at 7:56 PM

Sioux Falls.Business

Sioux Falls.Business, Fallowses: Way Sioux Falls Talks About Itself Has Changed

Sioux Falls.Business reports on the Fallowses recent return visit to the city with an HBO film crew to film a segment of their upcoming documentary on Our Towns. As an illustration of the changes they have seen since their first visit almost six years ago, Deb produced a new word cloud of the city's self talk.

See the word clouds and read the article here.

Referenced in Fair Observer

Posted on July 31st, 2019 at 7:33 PM

Fair ObserverFair Observer, Brainbelts are Making America Great Again

In his July 29, 2019 article, Fair Observer Editor-in-Chief Atul Singh discusses Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker's 2016 book The Smartest Places on Earth. The authors make the case that many of the rustbelt regions of America are quietly coming back. 

He references Our Towns' story of reinvention in the American heartland as further support and "good news for the US" as they report that “positive and practical developments” are taking place at the local and regional level.

Read the article here.

Featured in The Christian Science Monitor

Posted on July 28th, 2019 at 4:16 PM

Christian Science MonitorChristian Science Monitor, The new frontier of rural America

Editor Mark Sappenfield's July 28, 2019 Christian Science Monitor column features Our Towns. The story references the trend among some young people to go back to rural America amid a pursuit for inner joy.

Read the column here.


Recommended Reading by The Presbyterian Outlook

Posted on July 25th, 2019 at 8:31 PM

The Presbyterian Outlook

The Presbyterian Outlook, Recommended Reading

The Presbyterian Outlook invited a variety of people they admire to share books that made an impression on them and that they think others will find meaningful. Our Towns tops their recommended summer reading list. 

Says Deborah McKinley, pastor of East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church in Craftsbury, Vermont, "The Fallows settled upon 10 ½ distinguishing characteristics of civic success that are very interesting. (The ½ is being home to a craft brewery or distillery.) I found myself reflecting on these attributes as they might pertain to the church. It made for a very rich inner conversation."