Award Winning Southern Writer
Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Frankie Silver and She Walks These Hills, and for St. Dale, winner of a Library of Virginia Award and featured at the National Festival of the Book.
Her current novel, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, (Thomas Dunne, 2011), examines the true story behind the celebrated folk song made famous by the Kingston Trio. It is the story of a tragedy in the North Carolina mountains following the Civil War. Impoverished Confederate veteran Tom Dula (Dooley) was convicted of murdering his lover, Laura Foster. In May 1868, he was hanged for the crime.
In 2008 the Library of Virginia named Sharyn McCrumb a Virginia Woman of History for Achievement in Literature.
Kindle Edition of Ghost Riders
Ghost Riders is now available in electronic format. This novel, winner of the Audie Award for Best Recorded Novel (Brilliance Audio) and the Wilma Dykeman Award from the East Tennessee Historical Society is now available in a new trade paperback edition from Blair Press and in electronic format on Nook & Kindle.
New Edition of Ghost Riders
A new edition of Ghost Riders, Sharyn McCrumb's award-winning novel about the Civil War in the Southern mountains has been published by John F. Blair Press of Winston-Salem.
The new edition features a foreword by Civil War historian Michael C. Hardy, North Carolina's Historian of the Year, an area map, and new photos of the historical figures featured in the novel. Sharyn McCrumb and Michael Hardy will be doing programs this spring. Ghost Riders will be available at bookstores, on e-books, and signed copies here on the Marketplace page.
For a Readers Guide to the Novel, see the Ghost Riders page.
If You Are Shopping...
If you are shopping, the new essay collection Sharyn McCrumb's Appalachia makes a great gift at $6.
We also have a CD of Virginia musicians Jack Hinshelwood and Eddie Bond signing the original ballad of Tom Dooley as well as a reading by me of a scene from the novel. (I recorded my part of the CD at 2 a.m. in the basement, with my friend musician Rick Cunningham of Alabama doing the sound engineering, and Susan Richards holding Arthur the Maltipoo so that he wouldn't bark and make disruptive doggy noises on the tape.)
We have a limited number of Nora Bonesteel Coffee Mugs commemerating the beloved Ballad Novel Character. Order now!
Also, if you need a signed copy of The Ballad of Tom Dooley, or the backlist ballad novels, or CD's from "Songcatcher," "Ghost Riders," or the "real" Nora Bonesteel telling family ghost stories, etc. visit our Marketplace Page.
You can have a book personalized by putting the instructions for personalization in the order form box for "special instructions."
The Ballad of Tom Dooley: Release Updates
McCrumb Releases Kindle-only Publication
Sharyn McCrumb has uploaded her first Kindle-only publication: a collection of articles she has written about Appalachian history and folklore, and essays on the Ballad novels—including "The Celts and the Appalachians."
Buy your Kindle-edition of Sharyn McCrumb's Appalachia now.
In Stores Now: The Ballad of Tom Dooley
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley. Last summer heralded Sharyn McCrumb's return to her critically-acclaimed Appalachian Ballad series. Now from the pen of the award-winning Appalachian writer comes the true story behind the most famous mountain ballad of all: the legend of Tom Dooley
The folk song, made famous by the Kingston Trio, tells the story of a tragedy in the North Carolina mountains in the aftermath of the Civil War. Laura Foster, a simple country girl, was murdered and buried in a shallow grave on a mountain side, and her lover Tom Dula was hanged for the crime. The sensational elements in the case attracted national attention: a man and his beautiful married lover accused of murdering the other woman; the former governor of North Carolina spearheading the defense; and a noble gesture from the prisoner on the eve of his execution, saving the woman he really loved.
In The Ballad of Tom Dooley, what began as a fictional re-telling of the historical account became an astonishing revelation of the real motives and the real culprit in the murder of Laura Foster. With the help of Wilkes County historians, lawyers, and researchers, Sharyn McCrumb visited the actual sites, studied the legal evidence, and uncovered a missing piece of the story that will shock those who think they already know what happened. What seemed at first to be a sordid tale of adultery and betrayal was transformed by the new discoveries into an Appalachian Wuthering Heights.
The Ballad of Tom Dooley brings to life the star-crossed lovers of this mountain tragedy with the understanding and compassion that Sharyn McCrumb brings to her compelling tales of Appalachia. The new information unearthed by her research may also bring belated justice to an innocent man.
The Ballad of Tom Dooley is available NOW in audiobook and eBook formats. Check out the Marketplace page.
The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb.
Thomas Dunne Books
Hardcover, September 2011
|In Stores Now! The Devil Amongst The Lawyers
When a pretty young schoolteacher is charged with murder in 1930's Appalachia, the national press uses it as an excuse to sell newspapers-- and to demonize the region, raising issues that go far beyond the fate of one defendant.
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