Post-Civil War Appalachia: Book-Signing with Terry Roberts, author of That Bright Land
Join North Carolina author Terry Roberts for a talk, book-reading, and book-signing. Roberts will discuss and read from his newest novel, That Bright Land, which won the 61st Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award in 2016.
Set in the summer of 1866, a year after the Civil War has ended, That Bright Land is the story of Jacob Ballard, a former Union soldier and spy who has been sent south into the North Carolina mountains to find a serial killer who is carrying out his own private war in an isolated community. His journey also takes him home to the mountains where he was born. As he searches for the killer, he meets a war widow who helps him heal his own wounds and make peace with his past. Based on true events, That Bright Land paints a compelling picture of a violent and fragile nation in the wake of the Civil War.
“Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, That Bright Land is a thrilling and seamless fusion of fact and imagination, bringing to light a too-long neglected part of American history. This novel further confirms Terry Roberts’ place as one of Appalachia’s most important voices.” – Ron Rash, author of the New York Times bestseller Serena
The talk will be accompanied by locally-baked goods and coffee from Boone-based Hatchet Coffee Company.
About Terry Roberts
Born and raised near Weaverville, North Carolina, Roberts is the Director of the National Paideia Center and lives in Asheville, North Carolina. His debut novel, A Short Time to Stay Here, won the Willie Morris award for southern fiction, and his most recent novel, That Bright Land, won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award in 2016.
Roberts’ direct ancestors have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since the time of the Revolutionary War. His family farmed in the Big Pine and Anderson Cove sections of Madison County for generations and is also prominent in the Madison County town of Hot Springs, the setting for both A Short Time to Stay Here and That Bright Land. More information at terryrobertsauthor.com
What Others Are Saying About That Bright Land
- Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek and Chasing the North Star
- Fred Chappell, author of I Am One of You Forever
“Out of the tangled conditions in the Southern mountains just after the Civil War, Terry Roberts has constructed a novel of considerable historic value, containing a charming love story.”
- Elizabeth Spencer, author of The Light in the Piazza and Starting Over
“Without a single doubt, Terry Roberts captured the volatile and chaotic times after the Civil War here in Madison County. And with such an interesting, well written and shocking cliff-hanger of a story. I felt the characters had stepped right off the pages of my own family history. I really cannot express how much I enjoyed the book. Thank you, Terry Roberts, for writing such an accurate account of what our people experienced during those awful times. My hat is off for such a fine bunch of writing!”
- Sheila Kay Adams, renowned ballad singer and author of My Old True Love