On Thursday, February 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the library’s Jones Meeting Room, local author Charles Dodd White will speak about his most recent novel, In the House of Wilderness, as well as discuss what it’s like to write about the Appalachian region in general.
In the House of Wilderness was published in September 2018. The story is set in east Tennessee and western North Carolina, and it follows transient characters as they journey through both natural landscapes and the internal landscapes of hardship and grief. Adult Services Library Clerk Pam Murray says that she enjoys White’s writing because “he’s not afraid to wade into the darker parts of being human.”
Pam says she loves having local authors like White visit the library because “next to the joy of reading a good book is getting to meet its author!” Not only do author talks provide people with the opportunity to connect with writers, they also give behind-the-scenes looks at stories and can make the writing process seem more accessible. She adds that the library hosts authors with local appeal, but who also “open people’s imaginations to new places and ideas.” Pam sees White as one such author.
You can learn more about White and his work here. For more information on your library’s frequent local author talks, contact Pam Murray at 423-434-4454. And if you’re a local author interested in speaking at the library, click here.
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