By EMILY R. WEST
In the middle of September, New York Times bestselling author Robert Hicks will launch his latest book and fundraise for one local school.
Hicks’ new book “The Orphan Mother” will hit shelves Sept. 13 with an official party at Parnassus Books in Nashville. The Leiper’s Fork author will bring the celebration to downtown at the Franklin Theatre on Sept. 15 with live music and readings from the new book.
“We are working to make it an amazing evening celebrating not only the launch of the book, but celebrating Franklin – past, present and future,” Hicks said.
The ticket price to the pre-launch event is $130/per person. Approximately $30 of the ticket price will entitle each attendee to a signed first edition copy of his book. Hicks has agreed to donate the remainder of the ticket price ($100/per attendee) to New Hope Academy to fund student scholarships.
“We feel like that will help fund three scholarships,” New Hope Academy’s Community Relations Director Cathy Irwin said. “Three children will able to come here because of this event. Robert has a heart for education, and he knows that by doing this, children who come from poverty will be educated.”
Hicks will present the audience with his insights into the book that picks up where he left off in “Widow of the South.”
Rather than tell the story from Carrie McGavock’s perspective, Hicks pens a different perspective from Mariah Reddick. Prior to the Civil War, Reddick worked on the grounds of Carnton Plantation as one of McGavock’s slaves.
In the book, Mariah deals with obstacles of living as an African American woman in the south in the limbo of Reconstruction. Hicks also throws in the mystery and soul searching Mariah must confront when her son Theopolis is killed on the steps of the courthouse.
Those interested in the event can purchase tickets online. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m.