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The East Tennessee Historical Society and Friends of the Knox County Public Library invite you to join them at a lecture and book signing with best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb on Tuesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. This free event will be held at the East Tennessee History Center.

McCrumb will speak about her newest book, The Unquiet Grave. The evening will begin with a light reception that will be followed by the author’s lecture and book signing.

Set in 19th century West Virginia, The Unquiet Grave is based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history — the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. McCrumb has used genealogical research and historical documents to uncover the complex characters and details behind the 1897 death of Zona Heaster in Greenbrier, West Virginia, a story well known to American folklorists, and tells her story through the eyes of a young black lawyer.

Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer who is best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains. Her most recent novels in the series are The Ballad of Tom DooleyKing’s MountainNora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past, and Prayers the Devil Answers.

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Praise for The Unquiet Grave

“Sharyn McCrumb understands the South, and her understanding and storytelling ability are evident in every page of this well-crafted novel.” — Historical Novel Society

“In this compelling story, McCrumb continues to relate the dynamic tales of Appalachia and its people.” — Library Journal

“McCrumb has a real knack for crafting full-bodied characters and using folklore to construct compelling plots.” — Booklist


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