Join Charles Dodd White, Ph.D. on Monday, December 11 at 6:30 for a discussion of News of the World by Paulette Jiles in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room.
A National Book Award Finalist, News of the World takes place in the years following the Civil War. Jefferson Kyle Kidd has retired from the Army and makes his living traveling around Texas giving public readings from newspapers. After meeting an old friend in Wichita Falls, Kidd finds himself escorting a young orphan who was kidnapped when her parents were murdered on the frontier. She has lived with the Kiowa tribe for several years and, after being rescued by the Army, is being sent to live with family in San Antonio. She has no memory of her time before living with the Kiowa, and is resentful and suspicious of her new surroundings. Their journey to San Antonio is dangerous but also transformative, and as time passes, the bond between the two grows strong. When they finally reach their destination, Kidd must address the difficult question of whether blood relations are what truly make a family.
White is a recipient of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for excellence in Appalachian Literature, a Jean Ritchie Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and an individual artist’s grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. He is author of the novels, In the House of Wilderness (forthcoming 2018 from Ohio University Press), A Shelter of Others (2014), and Lambs of Men (2010), and the story collection Sinners of Sanction County (2011). He is also editor of the contemporary Appalachian story anthologies, Degrees of Elevation (2010) and Appalachia Now (2015). His work has appeared in Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Writing, Appalachian Heritage, The Louisville Review, North Carolina Literary Review, The Rumpus, Tusculum Review and others. He is an Associate Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.