Start: 2:00 pm
Sun 2/5 2pm-3pm Lisa Alther reads from her new novel Washed In The Blood Based on extensive research into the racial mixing that occurred in the early years of southeastern settlement, this provocative multigenerational story shows that these people did not simply vanish, but that many were absorbed into the new communities that gradually formed throughout the southeast, becoming “white” whenever their complexions allowed. The inability to accept their true heritages illustrates the high price many of these people paid for their way of life. Washed in the Blood is an intelligent and insightful novel that traces the history of the often troubled peoples of Appalachia with sensitivity but without sentimentality. Her story and the characters that inhabit it came alive for me from the first page. Alther is an important voice in the fiction of Appalachia, and her keen insights into the culture and history of the people of Appalachia are a welcome addition to the literature of the region and beyond. —Kimberley M. Holloway, author of From a Race of Storytellers Lisa Alther was born in 1944 in Kingsport, Tennessee. She received her BA in English Literature from Wellesley College. She has published five novels, one novella, and one memoir, as well as many short stories and articles. Alther taught Southern fiction at St. Michael’s College in Vermont and at East Tennessee State University, in addition to having lectured and done readings throughout the United States, Western Europe, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia.