Date(s) - Monday, October 10, 2016
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Williamson County Public Library
New York Times-bestselling author Robert Hicks will discuss his latest book, “The Orphan Mother,” and its themes of racial equality, education, family issues and civil discourse at the October Franklin Tomorrow’s FrankTalks lecture.
“The Orphan Mother” was released September 13. Franklin Tomorrow is featuring it as a “community read” with copies available at the Williamson County Public Library, Landmark Booksellers and online retailers.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. with a coffee social, followed at 9:30 a.m. by a talk by Hicks.
To RSVP, go to https://franktalksoct10.eventbrite.com. Seating at the library is free and will be limited to 100 people. Those with RSVPs will be admitted first.
“As many reviewers have noted, the themes in the book of justice and racial equality are still relevant today,” said Mindy Tate, Franklin Tomorrow executive director. “As a community visioning organization, it is our hope, through this book and future sessions of FrankTalks, to ensure that a dialogue of civil discourse is fed in our community.”
Described as “epic tale of one remarkable woman’s quest for justice,” the book is set in the years following the Civil War. It tells the story of Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock – the “Widow of the South,” the subject of Hicks’ first historical novel. His second novel, “A Separate Country,” was set in New Orleans and was based on the true love story of Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood and his wife, Anna Marie.
He is founding chairman emeritus of Franklin’s Charge: A Vision and Campaign for the Preservation of Historic Open Space, in the fight to secure and preserve the historic battlefield in Williamson County.
Sponsored by Franklin Tomorrow, Williamson County Public Library, and Vanderbilt University Office of Community, Neighborhood & Government Relations.