The West Virginia University Press has just published Jim Clarks newest photography book, Mountain Memories, An Appalachian Sense of Place. In this beautiful book full of the vibrant and varied colors of nature, Clark explores West Virginia and its breathtaking countryside. The large-format book will be released for sale at the West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston Oct. 11, and then should be available at bookstores statewide.

Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place contains nearly 200 full-color photographs of some of the states most striking scenery. Clarks pictures cover some of West Virginias most interesting locales from across the state. In addition to geography, Clarks photographs span the entire year, offering a detailed glimpse into each season and the unique beauty that accompanies each. But the book contains more than beautiful photographs and memories; the essays accompanying the photos serve as an introduction to the wildlife and ecology that is distinctive to the Mountain State.

Country singer and Grammy award winner Kathy Mattea provides a forward to the book in which she discusses the unique connection that each West Virginian has to the state.

Mattea explains that Clark articulates this sense of place, which is so difficult to capture and describe, on behalf of all mountaineers:This book is historical and educational, but more than that, it is inspiring. Jims photographs range from a majestic vista to a miniscule, stolen moment of intimacy with a creature we seldom see. Its as if he has a special window, a gift for snapping the shutter at just the right moment.

Mattea goes on to express what Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place offers to West Virginians like her, and even those who are strangers to the state:I will always have an Appalachian sense of place, I suppose. Jims mountain memories echo my own, and those of so many others who hold this special corner of the world in their heart. If you have never before seen these hills, perhaps this book will inspire you to make a few memories of your own. As for me, I turn the pages of this book and feel lucky to have so much of this beautiful, mysterious place in me.

For the past 27 years, Jim Clark has been an award winning and nationally recognized nature photographer and writer. His articles and images have appeared in magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Natures Best, Wonderful West Virginia, Birders World, Country, Wild Bird and Outdoor&Nature Photographer. A native of War, W.Va., Clark is also the author and photographer of West Virginia: The Allegheny Highlands.

For more information, contact the WVU Press toll free at 1-866-WVU-PRESS. To get a sneak preview of some of the images included in the book, visit the PressWeb site at