Author Dale Neal, "Appalachian Book of the Dead" in Conversation with Evan Williams
Dale Neal, Appalachian Book of the Dead
in conversation with Evan Williams
Thursday, October 17, 7pm
Join us tonight to hear Dale Neal, author of Appalachian Book of the Dead, in conversation with poet and author Evan Williams.
AN ETHEREAL TALE OF HUNGRY GHOSTS
A psychopathic killer disappears into the mountains and haunts the troubled residents. After the murderous Angel Jones escapes from a prison work crew, he mysteriously vanishes deep into the North Carolina woods forcing newcomers Cal and Joy McAlister to deal with his macabre presence lingering in the secluded forest. Burdened with grief, guilt, and unfilled dreams, Cal and Joy are joined by an oddball handyman and a young detoxing neighbor as they grapple with the enigma of Angel’s menacing specter. Each of them brings their private ghosts to live and gives their worst fears flesh. This Southern Gothic tale blends ancient metaphysics with tantalizing thrills to make readers keenly aware of the wonders and woes of the world.
For Dale Neal, a veteran journalist and writing teacher, compelling fiction requires friction. He writes stories sparked by the spectrum of the human experience from humor to horror, tears to laughter, and hope to heartbreak. A practicing Buddhist and North Carolina native, Dale is the author of two previous novels, "The Half-Life of Home" and "Cows Across America," winner of the Novello Literary Award.
Evan Williams entered his first writing competition in sixth grade, a county-wide agricultural conservation essay contest, and won second place along with a nifty plaque. For Evan, writing is his repayment of gratitude to every author who has inspired him to dream beyond what his eyes can see. His memoir, One Apple at a Time, received the Willie Parker Peace Award for state history from the North Carolina Historical Society. Prior to America's Revolutionary War, Evan's ancestors settled in the Blue Ridge range of the Appalachians, where he remains today. Ripples draws heavily on his family's multi-generational apple-growing business. Surrounded by orchard, Evan writes from within a former apple-storage shed-the same shed where he would steal away as a boy to enjoy quality reading time.