Author event and giveaway: Wiley Cash
I’ve heard Wiley Cash speak a time or two so I knew he was an entertaining speaker and made it a point to go to see him when Hub City Books hosted him at the Spartanburg Library. When I arrived at the library, I found Wiley looking at books, greeting patrons, and giving directions to the restroom.
Wiley was born and raised in North Carolina but moved to Louisiana for graduate school so he could study under Ernest Gaines. He said he would never have written A Land More Kind Than Home if he’d stayed in North Carolina. He was homesick for his native state and the book was a love letter to it. I, for one, am glad he did because I loved the book! (my review) It’s been shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and has received numerous awards, including:
- The New York Times Notable Book of 2012
- SIBA Book of the Year
- Kirkus Top Ten Book of the Year
- Library Journal Top Ten Book of the Year
Wiley’s next book, This Dark Road to Mercy will be published on January 28, 2014. It’s the story of a has been minor league baseball player who finds some money and decides to reconnect with his daughters. Once again, Wiley uses multiple narrators to tell the story.
It took Wiley 5 years to write his first book but it was a learning process for him. He plotted and outlined his second novel and it took 2 years to write. He’s starting his third book now. He said he’s learned from reading and says writers should read 2 to 3 times as much as they write.
About A Land More Kind Than Home:
For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can’t help sneaking a look at something he’s not supposed to—an act that will have repercussions. It’s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he’s not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evil—but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance.
Told by resonant and evocative characters, A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all.
I got Wiley to autograph a copy of A Land More Kind Than Home for one lucky reader. To enter to win an autographed copy of A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME, simply fill out the entry form. Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please. I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EDT Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.