Writers at the Wrecking Bar Presents Taylor Brown in conversation with Chuck Reece - Rednecks

Writers at the Wrecking Bar Presents Taylor Brown in conversation with Chuck Reece - Rednecks

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 7:00 PM

Location:
The Marianna Room at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

A historical drama based on the Battle of Blair Mountain, pitting a multi-ethnic army of 10,000 coal miners against mine owners, state militia, and the United States government in the largest labor uprising in American history.

At the second May edition of Writers at the Wrecking Bar, A Cappella Books welcomes award-winning author Taylor Brown in honor of his fascinating new novel, "Rednecks." Brown will appear in conversation with Chuck Reece, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Salvation South.

Presented in partnership with Stuckey's.

About the Book

"Rednecks" is a tour de force, big canvas historical novel that dramatizes the 1920 to 1921 events of the West Virginia Mine Wars—from the Matewan Massacre through the Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest armed conflict on American soil since the Civil War, when some one million rounds were fired, bombs were dropped on Appalachia, and the term "redneck" would come to have an unexpected origin story.

Brimming with the high-stakes drama of America's buried history, "Rednecks" tells a powerful story of rebellion against oppression. In a land where the coal companies use violence and intimidation to keep miners from organizing, "Doc Moo" Muhanna, a Lebanese-American doctor (inspired by the author's own great-grandfather), toils amid the blood and injustice of the mining camps. When Frank Hugham, a Black World War One veteran and coal miner, takes dramatic steps to lead a miners' revolt with a band of fellow veterans, Doc Moo risks his life and career to treat sick and wounded miners while Frank's grandmother, Beulah, fights her own battle to save her home and grandson. Real-life historical figures burn bright among the hills: the fiery Mother Jones, an Irish-born labor organizer once known as "The Most Dangerous Woman in America," struggles to maintain the ear of the miners ("her boys") amid the tide of rebellion, while the sharp-shooting police chief "Smilin" Sid Hatfield dares to stand up to the "gun thugs" of the coal companies, becoming a folk hero of the mine wars.

Award-winning novelist Taylor Brown brings to life one of the most compelling events in 20th-century American history, reminding us of the hard-won origins of today's unions. "Rednecks" is a propulsive, character-driven tale that's both a century old and blisteringly contemporary: a story of unexpected friendship, heroism in the face of injustice, and the power of love and community against all odds.

About the Author

Taylor Brown grew up on the Georgia coast. He has lived in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of western North Carolina. He is the recipient of the Montana Prize in Fiction and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. His novels include "Fallen Land," "The River of Kings," "Gods of Howl Mountain," "Pride of Eden," and "Wingwalkers." He lives in Savannah, Georgia.

About the Conversation Partner

Chuck Reece is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Salvation South, and was the founding editor of The Bitter Southerner. He grew up in the north Georgia mountains in a little town called Ellijay.

About Writers at the Wrecking Bar

A Cappella Books presents Writers at the Wrecking Bar, a series of live author interview events showcasing some of the country's freshest voices in literary and contemporary fiction. Each program includes writers in conversation with an arbiter of Atlanta's book scene, giving the audience a chance to experience and participate in the Q&A and get a signed copy of the book. Held upstairs in the Marianna Room of the Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Writers at the Wrecking Bar hosts a cash bar, starting at 7 PM. The author conversation and book signing follow at 7:30 PM.