Charles Frazier, Bestselling Author of Cold Mountain, to Discuss His New Novel Varina
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (APRIL 11, 2018) – Bookmarks is proud to present New York Times bestselling author Charles Frazier, who will discuss his newest novel Varina on Thursday, April 19 at Footnote adjacent to Bookmarks at 634 W. Fourth Street in Winston-Salem. This event is a part of Bookmarks’ ongoing series, “Books and Brews,” which is presented in conjunction with Foothills Brewing. Beer tastings and live music will begin at 6 p.m. Frazier will speak at 6:30 p.m. and will be in conversation with Sarah McCoy, author of The Mapmaker’s Children. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a book signing after the event.
In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier vividly brings to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War. Teenage Varina Howell’s marriage prospects are limited so she agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history—culpable regardless of her intentions. Intimate in its detailed observations of one woman’s tragic life and epic in its scope and power, Varina is a novel of an American war and its aftermath. Ultimately, the book is a portrait of a woman who comes to realize that complicity carries consequences.
Charles Frazier was born in 1950 in Asheville, North Carolina and grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. His highly acclaimed first novel, Cold Mountain, was an international bestseller and won the National Book Award. This year celebrates 20 years since it was released.
Sarah McCoy is the international bestselling author of The Mapmaker’s Children, The Baker’s Daughter, and (forthcoming) Marilla of Green Gables. McCoy’s work has been featured in Huffington Post, Real Simple, The Millions, Your Health Monthly, and other publications. She lives in Winston-Salem.
Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading and writing in the community. The programming connects readers with authors and books and is achieved through the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas to be held September 6–9, 2018; an Authors in Schools program, which reaches 9,000 students annually; and year-round events in their gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore that opened July 8, 2017. Visit bookmarksnc.org for more information.