Programs on Regional History
Regional History Events at Blue Ridge Books
Saturday, September 14 3:00 pm Author Event with Karen Kay Knauss
The Thorny Truth and Their Civil War is a book of poetry about the author’s Western North Carolina ancestors during the Civil War. Karen is the great, great, granddaughter of Branch H. M. and Miriam Killian Trull, and John Pinkney and Hannah Warren Meece. Both families lived in East Fork Township during the Civil War, and many of their descendants currently live in Haywood and neighboring counties of North Carolina. You will enjoy both her historical research and her poetry.
Tuesday, October 1 6:00 pm Author Event with Sharyn McCrumb
Sharyn McCrumb will discuss her new book, King’s Mountain: A Ballad Novel. Sharyn is one of our favorite authors. She is both an exceptional novelist and historian. This is her first novel about the Revolutionary War. In 1780, John Sevier had little time to concern himself with the war up North. In the mountains of the Carolinas, the western frontier of the era, the fighting was with the Indians, and it was brutal and frequent. Politics between the crown and the Continental Army seemed a distant worry, until Maj. Patrick Ferguson of the British army threatened those on the frontier: either pledge allegiance to the Tory cause or suffer the consequences. Because of the popularity of Sharyn McCrumb’s events at Blue Ridge, we will offer reserved seating with the advance purchase of her new book.
Saturday, October 5 3:00 pm Author Event with Frances Dorward
Frances will discuss her book, Uprooted, a novel about a family who was displaced by the building of the Tellico Dam in Tennessee.
Tuesday, October 8 1:00 pm Mountain Writers Group Meeting with Author Nadia Dean
The Mountain Writers meet at Blue Ridge Books each month. Their meetings are open to the public. Nadia will discuss her historical research for A Demand of Blood. Using first-hand accounts from British Indian agents, Cherokee headmen, and colonial militia, A Demand of Blood presents a war fought in the shadows of the American Revolution. A Demand of Blood introduces for the first time in a historical narrative the legendary Cherokee war chief Dragging Canoe who deftly navigated his way through treachery and betrayal, and led the charge to regain sovereignty over Cherokee land.
Saturday, October 26 3:00 pm Author Event with Dr. Daniel S. Pierce
Dr. Daniel S. Pierce , chairman of the history department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville will discuss his book, Corn from a Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains. In this new book, Pierce presents the complicated world of illegal liquor, what motivated hard-working farmers to participate in moonshining, and the modern-day resurgence of the craft legally. “It’s important to understand this regional phenomenon as the product not only of individual choices, but also of deep-seated cultural, economic and social conditions that created a complex and shifting historical context in which the moonshiners plied their trade,” Pierce said.
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