Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Marjorie Hudson's "Searching for Virginia Dare" (new edition)

Searching for Virginia Dare
ISBN: 978-1-935708-87-2
PRICE: $17.95
PUB DATE: JUNE 30, 2013
“An intertwined tale of obsession, loss, and hope—in part truth, myth, and fiction. Hudson proves that a very talented writer can pull off a multi-genre story.” — Clyde Edgerton, author of Walking Across Egypt
Marjorie Hudson’s book Searching for Virginia Dare gained critical acclaim from novelists, reviewers, and historians alike when it first came out in 2002. Part detective story, part road trip, part memoir, it explored the mysterious disappearance of Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Hudson’s lyrical language and self-revelation brought a fresh flavor to the centuries-old tale of the first English child in America.
This latest edition, Searching for Virginia Dare: On the Trail of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, from Press 53, features 33 pages of fresh writing detailing Hudson’s continued fascination with the subject.
In an essay entitled “The Search Continues: New Journeys, New Explorations,” Hudson revisits Roanoke Island on Virginia Dare’s 425th birthday, August 18, 2012. As she travels, she spins tales of her ongoing obsession with the White Doe legend, the kudzu-wrapped landscape of Eastern Carolina, the fascinating hidden world of the Lumbee Indians,  the relationship between an intrepid American woman sculptor in 1850s Rome–creator of the Virginia Dare Venus–and expat writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as discounted theories about what became of the colony that are now finding traction with historians.
Praise for Searching for Virginia Dare:
“As fascinating as a detective story. . . . An absorbing, intelligent consideration of national and personal identity, beautifully written.”
Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls

Marjorie Hudson
Released June 30, 2013: New Edition of Searching for Virginia Dare – includes new journeys to Rome, London, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Our State Magazine interview: Southern Newcomer
Winter/Spring Events and Workshops

Saturday, Nov. 30, Buy Local at McIntyre’s Day. Local author Hudson recommends books to store visitors. Fearrington Village 919-542-3030. My recommendations for new fiction for your Christmas list: Andre Dubus/Dirty Love; Elaine Orr: A Different Sun; Nancy Peacock: Life and Times of Persommon Wilson; Dale Neal/Half-Life of Home; Walter Bennett: Leaving Tuscaloosa.
Saturday, January 18, Writing from the Heart Chakra: Raleigh Review Writing and Yoga Workshop with Michele Berger. Details  to come.
January 19 – 25: Writing Retreat at Weymouth, Southern Pines, NC.
Feb. 4, 7 pm. Readings on Roslyn featured speaker: Accidental Birds of the Carolinas. Winston-Salem, NC. By Invitation.
Feb. 20, 12 noon lunch talk: Searching for Virginia Dare. Colonial Dames of Chapel Hill, NC. By Invitation.
Feb. 22, 12 noon lunch talk and panel: Falling in Love with the South, and Accidental Birds of the Carolinas. Southern Writers Symposium, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC.
Feb. 28, 7-9 pm. CCCC Open Mike, location TBA.
March 11-13, Johnston County Community College Visiting Writer.
Saturday,, April 5, 10 – 4 pm, Memoir Workshop, CCCC, Pittsboro Campus. Call 919-545-8044 to register.
Sunday, April 6, Featured Speaker, NC Literary Festival, NCCU Campus, Raleigh, NC. Time and location TBA.
Kitchen Table Writers are publishing!
  • Penny Cockrell, Michele Berger, Jane Andrews, Todd Henderson, Carol Phillips, and Mary Meinelt will be in the upcoming issue of the Red Clay Review.
  • Jane Andrews has new publications in Currents and Kindred. 
  • Mary Meinelt’s short essay “In the Dark” was a Readers Write column in The Sun.
  • Al Capehart, AKA Santa AL, has published his memoir “Behind Santa’s Smile.” 

 Marjorie Hudson is author of Accidental Birds of the Carolinas,an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Distinguished First Fiction, and Searching for Virginia Dare, a North Carolina Arts Council Notable Book, now in a new edition with 33 pages of new research and travels.  Her writing has been published widely in literary journals and has won many honors, including a 2012 NC Arts Council Fellowship. She has been editing and coaching writers for 30 years, and now leads writing classes at colleges, conferences, festivals, cafes, and her own Kitchen Table Workshops. See her blog:www.kitchentablewriters.wordpress.org