One Book One Community: "The Ballad of Frankie Silver"

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One Book One Community Encourages Sumner Residents to Read a Historical Mystery

People love to talk about books they are reading, so you can imagine the conversation if everyone was reading the same book. That’s the goal of a new program for Sumner County residents. Volunteer State Community College is partnering with area public libraries in what is called One Book One Community. The selected book this year is “The Ballad of Frankie Silver” by Sharon McCrumb.

Here is the description of the novel from St. Martin’s publishing:

“In a little mountain cemetery in Mitchell County, North Carolina stand three graves—all belonging to the same man. Behind the legend of graves is the true story of Frankie Silver, an 18-year old frontier girl, hanged for murder in Burke County North Carolina in 1833, for a crime she might not have committed. This stirring tale of mountain justice is also a study of a frontier family, and of the contrasts between the mountain South of log cabins and trappers and the flat land South of plantations.”

“There are two settings for the book, 1830’s Virginia and 1970’s Tennessee. I think that makes it especially interesting for people,” said Louise Kelly, the director of the Vol State Thigpen Library. “Sharyn McCrumb shows the parallels between the two cases.”

Sharyn McCrumb is the author of several novels, including “The Rosewood Casket” and “She Walks These Hills.” Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and she has been honored for her contribution to Appalachian literature.

The Vol State Thigpen Library is leading the project and working with the public libraries of Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland, Westmoreland and White House.

“Working with the libraries helps to get the entire county involved,” Kelly said. “The goal is to get more people reading and enjoying the fun of discussing what they read with friends and neighbors.”

Sharyn McCrumb will visit Sumner County on Thursday, October 24, 2013 for a free event at 7 p.m. in the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Everyone is invited to come find out more about the book from the author's perspective and ask questions. A reading guide and other information about the community read can be found at www.volstate.edu/OneBook.###