Nancy Peacock | Regulator Bookshop | Page: Readings & Signings | Indy Week

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Nancy Peacock

When: Thu., Jan. 19, 7 p.m. 2017

In two previous works of fiction, Nancy Peacock, a lifelong N.C. resident who teaches writing classes and workshops in the Chapel Hill area, has become known both for her skills as a storyteller and the beauty of her prose. Her latest, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, is an ambitious work of historical fiction, a tale of justice denied set in the still-unsettled world of Texas in 1875 as a former slave seeks to set the record straight about the circumstances that led to his arrest and looming execution. Taking the form of a letter written by the accused, the book has earned praise for its vivid characters, immersive writing, and the voluminous research that Peacock wields to pull readers into bygone milieus ranging from the sugar cane plantation in southern Louisiana where the protagonist toils to his life among the western Comanche, whom he joins in battle. After kicking off an N.C. book tour at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, Peacock heads for the Orange County Library on Wednesday, The Regulator Bookshop in Durham on Thursday, and McIntyre's Books in Pittsboro on Saturday. —David Klein

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