By RACHEL C. DOVE
WILLIAMSON - Lisa Alther, the author of 6 bestselling novels which have been printed in 15 languages and have sold more than 6 million copies will be in Williamson on Saturday, debuting her latest release, “Blood-Feud: The Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s”.
Alther is a descendant of the fighting McCoy’s, and was born in the Appalachian town of Kingsport, Tennessee. She now divides her time between her three homes in Tennessee, New York City and Vermont.
The author is described by her publisher at the Globe Pequot Press in Guilford, Ct., as a woman with a charming voice, a wonderfully dry sense of humor and an abiding gift for spinning a yarn. The publisher goes on to say that Alther makes an impartial, comprehensive and compelling investigation of what actually happened during the Hatfield and McCoy feud, and masterfully sets the historical events and their cultural contents in such a way that readers can see the scenes play out before them. She is said to dig deep into the causes and explanations of the fighting, and reveals surprising alliances and entanglements.
Alther, along with several other authors will be conducting a book signing at 11 a.m. on Saturday during the Hatfield and McCoy Festival and Marathon, on the lawn of the Mingo County Court House. Copies of “Blood Feud”, along with other books penned by the author will be available for purchase.
Alther’s agent stated that the author looks forward to visiting the land of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s, and hopes to have the opportunity to speak with descendants and local historians who know about and who have researched the feud.
For more information on Alther or the other authors who will be attending the festival, you may call Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Natalie Young at 304-235-5240.