READING BY NYT BEST-SELLING AUTHOR SHARYN MCCRUMB
(Cochran, GA) – Middle Georgia College invites community members to attend New York Times best- selling author Sharyn McCrumb’s reading from her new book, The Ballad of Tom Dooley on October 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room in Georgia Hall. A book sale will be held after the event, with 10 percent of the sales going to the MGC Student Scholarship Fund. Refreshments will also be served. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To RSVP, contact Joy Wilson-Young.
The Ballad of Tom Dooley explores the true story behind the popular folk song of the same name, when Confederate veteran Tom Dula was hanged for the murder of his lover, Laura Foster, in Wilkes County, N.C after the Civil War. According to the author’s biography, “The sensational elements in the case attracted national attention: a man and his beautiful married lover accused of murdering the other woman; the former governor of North Carolina spearheading the defense; and a noble gesture from the prisoner on the eve of his execution, saving the woman he really loved.”
Sharyn McCrumb is best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times Best Sellers She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket. McCrumb graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, and earned her M.A. from Virginia Tech. She was named a “Virginia Woman of History” in 2008 for Achievement in Literature, and was a guest author at the National Festival of the Book in Washington, D.C in 2006. She received the Perry F. Kendig Award for Achievement in Literature from the Arts Council of Blue Ridge, in Roanoke, V.A. in 2011.