The Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries, will host Tom Koob and Curtis Copeland for an author talk and signing of their latest book, “Ozarks Hillbilly: A Study of the Stereotype and Reality.”
This is a free and open-to-the-public event. It will also be livestreamed.
In their book, Koob and Copeland examine the origins, evolution, and various uses of the term, “hillbilly,” while incorporating personal interviews from Ozarks natives. Based on extensive research, the authors consider multiple perspectives about the term, including how it relates to the culture and lifestyle of the region.
Koob has written several books about the history of the Ozarks, both nonfiction and fiction. Copeland is the geographic information systems coordinator for the City of Branson and has been instrumental in reviving the Society of Ozarkian Hillcrofters, a historic preservation organization that originally formed in 1931.