Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and the acclaimed This Dark Road to Mercy. He comes to Thurber House to discuss his latest release, The Last Ballad. Set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events, The Last Ballad is the chronicle of an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill in the face of oppression and injustice. Ella May Wiggins works the night shift at American Mill No. 2 in Bessemer City, North Carolina. While the dirty, hazardous job at the mill earns Ella May a paltry nine dollars for seventy-two hours of work each week, it’s the only opportunity she has. Her no-good husband, John, has run off again, and she must keep her four young children alive with whatever work she can find. Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America.
Wiley won the SIBA Book Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and has been nominated for many more awards. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and is the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.
At Door: $25
Interested in having dinner with Wiley Cash? Call (614) 464-1032 x10 for tickets to The Author's Table Dinner. You will share a great meal with the author, talk about his work in a more intimate setting, and get reserved seating at the event. The price for dinner is $45 and includes entry into the event.