Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. His awards include the 2013 Southern Independent Bookseller Association Fiction Winner for A Land More Kind Than Home.
His latest novel, The Last Ballad, is set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. A chronicle of a single mother's struggle for her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression.This mother's portrait, the labor organiser Ella May Wiggins is seen at right. The Guardian describes this book as: “A novel built on and around murder, racism and violence could have made for an unrelentingly sombre read, and there is no doubt that The Last Ballad is intense, but Cash is careful to infuse it with the sense of hope inherent in a movement that eventually brought change not just to North Carolina but to an entire nation.” Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash’s place among our nation’s finest writers.
A native of North Carolina, Cash is the founder of the Open Canon Book Club and co-founder of the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency, he has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Weymouth Center. He serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their two young daughters.
The Library has copies of Cash's three novels (click on the cover to see availability).
This event will start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 in Meeting Room A at Library Headquarters.
This program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library.