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Dennis covington is the author of five books, including the novel lizard (laurel leaf) and the memoir salvation on sand mountain (perseus), a finalist for the 1995 national book award in nonfiction his work has appeared in the new york times, los angeles times magazine, vogue, esquire, redbook, georgia review ,. At the end of a compelling account of his two-year sojourn among snake- handling christians in southern appalachia, dennis covington, a georgia-based reporter for the new york times, describes the. In 1995, covington published perhaps his best-known work, salvation on sand mountain: snake handling and redemption in southern appalachia, which chronicles the lives of pentecostal snake-handlers a work of nonfiction, it arose out of covington's freelance reporting for the new york times on the.