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Keynote Announced for Downtown Hattiesburg Annual Meeting

Posted on January 28th, 2019 at 2:38 PM

Hub City SpokesBest-selling Authors to Keynote Annual Meeting

The Downtown Hattiesburg Association announced that James and Deborah Fallows will keynote their annual meeting on Feb. 20. They will share key components they've seen lead to success in small and mid-sized towns and cities, identified in their book Our Towns. The Association's leadership, lead by Executive Director Andrea Saffle, is pleased to bring a nationally-recognized speaker to the annual meeting.


Referenced in York Co Supervisors Annual Retreat

Posted on January 28th, 2019 at 2:12 PM

Daily PressSupervisors Consider Future

In their annual retreat, the York County (VA) Board of Supervisors planned for the future of their community. They cited Our Towns  for examples of initiatives working in other localities.


Reviewed by The Christian Century

Posted on January 17th, 2019 at 10:07 PM

What Makes Local Communities Thrive

In his January 14, 2019 review, Anthony B. Robinson describes the Our Towns story as, "an inspiring, even spiritual one." Like congreations, he says, each renewal is unique. A problem-solving ethos, committed leaders, and people knowing their civic story, however, make for cities and congregations that foster confidence and investment.


Recommended by Wake Forest University President

Posted on January 14th, 2019 at 3:14 PM

Wake Forest UniversityWake Forest University Message from President

In his January 14, 2019 message to the University community, President Nathan Hatch advised cultivating the life of the mind and fostering character as goals in the new year.

For a respite from national politics, he recommended Our Towns, a portrait of communities not unlike the University's home, Winston-Salem, NC.


USC Annenberg Center Names James and Deborah Fallows Senior Fellows

Posted on January 8th, 2019 at 8:51 PM

USC Annenberg CenterUSC Annenberg Center Names Fallowses Fellows

On January 7, 2019, the University of Southern California named James and Deborah Fallows Senior Fellows of the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. Center Director Geoffrey Cowan said, "We are honored to have both Jim and Deb Fallows join our group of Senior Fellows. Their new book is an inspiring view of what's possible in America. Individually and as a team, they will enrich the life of the center and our students."

University of Southern California


Featured on Boston's NPR Station, WGBH

Posted on January 4th, 2019 at 5:29 PM

WBGH Five Ways to De-Trumpify Your Life in 2019

In his January 2nd commentary for Boston's WGBH NPR station, Dan Kennedy outlines five ideas to combat the fatigue of Trump news. Number three on his list is to, "Become a news locavore," -- pay attention to what's going on in your own community. He references James and Deborah Fallowses' Our Towns book as an expanded example of the idea.


Referenced in Curbed

Posted on January 3rd, 2019 at 4:14 PM

CurbedCurbed, 10 Challenges for 2018

The introduction of Curbed Senior Reporter Patrick Sisson's article references James and Deborah Fallowses' discussion of the power of localism, "how local governments -- from small towns to superstar cities -- represent innovation, collaboration, and progress."

New and innovative ideas will be needed as cities grapple with numerous challenges in 2019.


Named to NPR's 'Charlotte Talks' Best of 2018

Posted on December 28th, 2018 at 11:59 AM

WFAE Charlotte TalksBest of Charlotte Talks

The Charlotte Talks staff named 'Our Towns' A Glimpse into Small Town America with James and Deborah Fallows to their top 10 list of favorite shows in 2018. Said host Mike Collins, "...as a married writers couple, they have a light, easy way of sharing their experiences and thoughts that made for a very entertaining and interesting hour."


Featured in USA Today's Daily Journal

Posted on December 23rd, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Daily JournalHow Millville Can Become More than it is

In his December 22, 2018 column, Ethan Aronoff recommends Our Towns to his fellow citizens, saying, "In my humble opinion, one of the best books published this year is Our Towns, written by James and Deborah Fallows."

He concludes, "Even boosters need a boost now and then. The book Our Towns should be required reading for boosters and skeptics alike."


Referenced in Against the Grain

Posted on December 16th, 2018 at 2:32 PM

Against the GrainElk Valley Brewing

Bill O'Brien of Oklahoma City's Against the Grain, referenced the presence of a local brewery as one of the Fallowses' indicators of rebirth in a community. OKC's new Elk Valley Brewing Company is set to officially open on December 22nd. 

Congratulations and best wishes for success all around.