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6th Annual Biographers International Conference

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

6th Annual Biographers International Conference

Looking forward to moderating a great panel, “Bio vs. Narrative Nonfiction,” with authors Charlie Slack, Justin Martin and Hampton Sides and literary agent Katherine Flynn. Sign up now!

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Only Those Who Ride Camels Know Camels

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

This fall I had the opportunity to give a TED talk at TEDxCharlotteville. It was an exciting and humbling experience to get up in front of a thousand or so people and talk about my research trip to Africa for my book Skeletons on the Zahara. As fate would have it, my research trip to Morocco and across the Sahara was scheduled for less than a month after 9-11. As an American, it was a difficult time to be traveling in so remote a place, through Arab lands, with Arab guides. But it was one ripe for learning a lot of lessons and lessons that...

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A Holiday Book Fest

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

A Holiday Book Fest

Looking forward to a fun time at this festive event, Sunday, December 14. Come on out and join in the literary conversation and fun.

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2014 Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on 2014 Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award

Many thanks to all of you who voted for The Feud to win the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award. I was fortunate enough to win the award for Skeletons on the Zahara in 2005. Ten years later, it was a thrill to be back on the podium to thank all of the good folks at the Library of Virginia, who do so much to promote literary life in the state. I am currently still doing talks about the Hatfield-McCoy feud and working on a new historical adventure tale. More soon!

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The Feud

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on The Feud

One of the great  things that has come about because of The Feud has been meeting all of you! Please go to my facebook, twitter and instagram pages to follow the journey.

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Chief Logan State Park

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Chief Logan State Park

A big time in Logan tonight with Hatfields and McCoys from all around the area. Thanks, Debrina, Frankie, Donna and Keith for making it all happen in a big way at the Chief Logan State Park Museum, which now houses indoors the timbers of  Wall Hatfield’s cabin.  

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Thanks, Elmer

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Thanks, Elmer

One of the knowledgeable guys in the hills, up Mate Creek, is Elmer Hatfield. And I’m sure glad THE FEUD meets his approval. I will be seeing Elmer again soon as I am heading to the West Virginia-Kentucky borderland this weekend. Here’s what he says: “Being the great grandson of Hogfloyd Hatfield, and having read most of Dean’s Book, I must say that I am impressed at its accuracy. Many events are described exactly the way my Dad and Grandpa told me as a youth.” This plate will look a little grittier when I get...

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And John Vance says . . . .

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on And John Vance says . . . .

I would like to thank all the family members for the outpouring of appreciation for The Feud. I am looking forward to seeing many of you in the near future as I continue on my book tour, which will take me to West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and back to Virginia again all in the next month.   So far, I have met family members in Concord, North Carolina (Thanks Pam Sipple, descendant of Jim Vance, for a wonderful dinner party!); at my launch party in Richmond (John O’Dell,...

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The Grease Bay Chronicles

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on The Grease Bay Chronicles

The Grease Bay Chronicles

Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of reading from The Feud at the Village Exxon in Richmond, Virginia. This much-loved and trusted Exxon station has served families through multiple generations in our community, and last year, the owner, Jim McKenna, decided he wanted to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.   The station’s clerk, Hope  Whitby, is a poet, and she suggested having arts events in the shop. This quirky idea turned out to be a great success. The trio of grease bays cleans up smartly, and one day last...

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MATEWAN

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in matewan | Comments Off on MATEWAN

MATEWAN

MATEWAN

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