Author Sharyn McCrumb Visits Vol State for Reading

Sharyn McCrumbSharyn McCrumb specializes in Appalachian-themed novels that weave together history, family pressures and rural life. Her book “The Ballad of Frankie Silver” is this year’s group read for Sumner County One Book, One Community project. The author will read from her work, and answer questions, during an event at Volunteer State Community College on October 24.

Here is the description of “The Ballad of Frankie Silver” from St. Martin’s publishing:

“In a little mountain cemetery in Mitchell County, North Carolina stand three graves—all belonging to the same man. Behind the legend of graves is the true story of Frankie Silver, an 18-year old frontier girl, hanged for murder in Burke County North Carolina in 1833, for a crime she might not have committed. This stirring tale of mountain justice is also a study of a frontier family, and of the contrasts between the mountain South of log cabins and trappers and the flat land South of plantations.”

Sharyn McCrumb is the author of several novels, including “The Rosewood Casket” and “She Walks These Hills.” Her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and she has been honored for her contribution to Appalachian literature. 

The Vol State Thigpen Library is leading the One Book, One Community project and working with the public libraries of Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland, Westmoreland and White House.

McCrumb will speak at 7 p.m. in the Thigpen Library on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 615-230-3400. A reading guide and other information about the community read can be found at