Today, we are highlighting Part One of our 2019 Arts & Lecture Series, Karl Marlantes in conversation with Wiley Cash (August 21, 7pm at Quail Ridge Books).
From Karl Marlantes, the NY Times-bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War, Deep River is a rich family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, set against the early labor movements, World War I, and the upheaval of early twentieth-century America. Layered with fascinating historical detail, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity.
Wiley Cash, the New York Timesbestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy , recently gifted us with The Last Ballad, a novel set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice, with the emotional power of Ron Rash’s Serena, Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day, and the unforgettable films Norma Rae and Silkwood.
With the context of Karl Marlantes’ new novel Deep River, this is sure to be a fascinating conversation about labor rights and movements between two of the best authors of our time.
Subscriptions to the 2019 Arts & Lecture Series can be purchased herewhile supplies last. Each $85 subscription includes a book for each event (Karl Marlantes w/ Wiley Cash, Sarah Rose Etter w/ Jeff Jackson, and Ann Patchett), priority seating and signing line access for each event, and priority seating and signing line access for all events at the 2020 North Carolina Book Festival.
–Jason Jefferies, Co-Director