McCrumb's new novel focuses on King's Mountain battle

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

Sharyn McCrumb follows up “The Ballad of Tom Dooley” with another in her set of novels based on folk ballads, “King’s Mountain: A Ballad Novel” (Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99). In this novel, McCrumb draws inspiration from the history of the Revolutionary War battle at King’s Mountain, near the N.C.-S.C. border, and her family connection to that history.
John Sevier does not take sides in the revolution until a British officer and a group of loyalists threaten his land, trying to recruit fellow homesteaders to their cause. Sevier joins a group called the Overmountain Men, who help win the battle of King’s Mountain and change the course of the revolution. McCrumb is a descendant of the Sevier family, and she dedicates her novel “To my fellow descendants of the Overmountain Men.”
McCrumb will read and sign copies of “King’s Mountain” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.
Here are some more readings and events:

-- The Stanford L. Warren Library in Durham has numerous books about jazz, as well as recordings, on sale. Among the books are “Sidney Bechet: The Wizard of Jazz,” “Dream Lucky: When FDR was in the White House, Count Basie was on the Radio, and Everyone Wore a Hat,” “Miles: The Autobiography” and more.
Among the recordings for sale are “Talkin' Trash" by the James Williams Sextet,
"Villa Hidalgo" by Giovanni Hidalgo with Dizzy Gillespie and Paquito, and "Jerry Hahn and His Quintet."
This sale is ongoing, and inventory is added every Monday. For information, call 919-560-0270.

-- Deep Dish Theater Company and the Chapel Hill Public Library will present a discussion of “Down the Up Escalator; How the 99% Live in the Great Recession,” by Barbara Garson, at 7 p.m. Monday in the library’s Meeting Room D.  For each production, Deep Dish also chooses an accompanying book that illuminates themes of the play.
The discussion, presented in conjunction with the theater’s production of “Good People,” will be led by Evelyn Daniel and is free and open to the public.
Garson is an American playwright, author and social activist, perhaps best known for the 1966 play “MacBird” and her 2001 non-fiction book, “Money Makes the World Go Around: One Investor Tracks her Cash through the Global Economy.”
Other books in this year’s series, all of which will be discussed at the Chapel Hill Public Library, will include: “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” by Alison Bechdel on Nov. 11; “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson, March 17; and “Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin May 19.
Deep Dish Theater Company is in Chapel Hill’s University Mall, at Estes Drive and U.S. 15-501. The Chapel Hill library is at 100 Library Drive.

-- Bull’s Head Bookshop, located in the UNC Student Stores on the campus of UNC, will present the following readings in September.
John Milliken Thompson, “Love and Lament,” Friday, 2 p.m.
Peter Rizzolo, “Forbidden Harvest,” Sept. 17, 3:30 p.m.
Thomas Lehman and Michael Lee, “North Carolina State Parks,” Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m.
William Ferris, “The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists,” Oct. 2, 3:30 p.m.
All events at Bull’s Head are free and open to the public. Call 919-962-5060 for details.

-- John Claude Bemis, the 2013 Piedmont Laureate, will present a program at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham, at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Bemis is the author of the Clockwork Dark Trilogy of novels and “The Prince Who Fell from the Sky.”
Here are some more September highlights at the Regulator. For a full calendar, visit
Emily Barker, “Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic,” Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Spencer Quinn, “The Sound and the Furry,” the sixth installment in his Chet and Bernie mystery series, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Danny Bland, “In Case We Die,” Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
Cast members of “Days of Our Lives” TV drama will sign copies of their book “Days of Our Lives Better Living: The Best Secrets from the Days Cast for Health and Life,” Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
Ellie Grant, “Plum Deadly,” Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

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