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Friday, July 4, 2008

Celebrating Charles Price on Independence Day



We've reason enough to celebrate the 4th of July each year, but this year we have another reason as well, if we love literature, history, and our country. Today is the official publication date of Charles Price's new novel about the American Revolution in the South, Nor the Battle to the Strong. Today of all days, we should remember this quote from Thomas Jefferson: 'If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Much has been written lately about our country's ignorance of its own history. Mr. Jefferson would applaud Charles's book and urge every citizen to read it.
You can go to ncarts.org, click on Writers and Books, and be taken to an excerpt from the book, as well as an interview with Charles by the beautiful and talented Britt Kaufmann. Both have websites, by the way, so give them a google!
My brother, whose name is also Charles, years ago proclaimed Charles Price's book, Freedom's Altar, one of the best he'd ever read. He commented that Price is a master story-teller. My brother took his degrees in American History, by the way, so he knows what he's talking about.
Let's begin our Independence Day celebrations! Happy 4th to all of you.

7 comments:

Tipper said...

Thanks for the tip about the book and Happy Fourth to you too!!

Pat in TN said...

I just read a wonderful review of this book within the past couple of days, but for the life of me can't find it now. I will be adding this to my ever growing stack of 'must read' books.

cpstripling said...

As my sister, Kay, says, I really like Charles Price as an historian. He combines familiarity of terrain with a love of place, and knowledge of historical events with wisdom about human nature. I am looking forward to reading the new book, but I don't know whether to purchase it myself or wait on a family member to give it as a gift.

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

I think it's safe to say that my brother can wait a little while for said family member to give him an inscribed copy of the book!

Vicki Lane said...

I loved CP's THE COCK'S SPUR and look forward to this latest one.

Mayland Writers' Group said...
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Mayland Writers' Group said...

Kay - Just a note for anyone in the area who may look at this today (7/11). Charles Price will be at Blue Moon Books in Spruce Pine from 4pm until 6pm signing his book.
-Susan B.-