North Carolina native Wiley Cash has set all three of his highly-acclaimed novels in the Old North State. His new novel, The Last Ballad, takes place during the 1929 Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, NC. The novel will be released on October 3 and is described by Kirkus as "heartbreaking and beautifully written." Cash will visit Charlotte for the Verse & Vino literary event hosted by the Charlotte Meckenburg Library Foundation. The fundraiser will feature Cash and four other New York Times best-selling authors for an evening of food, wine and conversation on Thursday, November 2.
Drawing from his interest in local history, Cash has created a novel that explores the lives of those who lived through the famous 1929 strike. The story focuses on Gaston County labor legend, Ella May Wiggins, whose tragic story still resonates today. It is a story he wrestled with for years, learning as he moved forward, to use his own life experiences to enrich the lives of his novel's main character. He created a novel that is as personal as it is historical and brought to life a story whose ideas, as he says, "...are still alive. 1929 is not that far away."
Wiley Cash currently serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Wilmington, North Carolina.