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Dawn Major book launch in conversation with Ann Hite
April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
We’re delighted to welcome Dawn Major to FoxTale to celebrate the launch of her debut novel, THE BYSTANDERS on Saturday, April 29, 1pm. Dawn will be in conversation with bestselling author Ann Hite. Books will be available at the event.
A dysfunctional family seeks a do-over in a small town, in The Bystanders, but in addition to packing their personal demons they discover the locals aren’t so welcoming.
“The Bystanders is a deliciously dark novel. Major created a cast of characters that are at home in a Flannery O’Connor story. Readers will not put this book down until they finish the last page.” –Ann Hite, award winning author of Haints On Black Mountain
The Bystanders is a dark coming-of-age story set in the 1980s when big hair was big, and MTV ruled. In a quiet town of annual picnics and landscapes, the Samples’s rundown trailer and odd behaviors aren’t charming the locals. The Bystanders pays homage to Americana, its small-town eccentricities, and the rural people of the Northern Mississippi Delta region of Southeast Missouri, a unique area of the country where people still speak Paw Paw French and honor Old World traditions
As a child, Major moved from California near Lawrenceton, Missouri—the town that inspired The Bystanders. She has a graduate degree from the Etowah Valley Creative Writing program. She was a recipient of the James Dickey Review Literary Editor Fellowship, the Dr. Robert Driscoll Excellence in Writing Award on Regional Themes, and Reinhardt University’s Faculty Choice Excellence in Writing Award. She is a team member of the William Gay Archive–editing and publishing the late author’s posthumous works, and curating and lecturing about his artwork. For publications and more about Dawn Major, please visit: www.dawnmajor.com.
Ann Hite’s debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, not only became a Townsend Prize Finalist but won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in numerous national anthologies. The Storycatcher, her second Black Mountain novel, was released by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster on September 10, 2013. Lowcountry Spirit, an eBook novella, is available from Pocket Star, also an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Where The Souls Go, the third novel in the series, published by Mercer University Press, was a IndieFab finalist in 2016. Ann’s latest novel, Sleeping Above Chaos, was a finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year Award 2017. It was also a finalist for IndieFab 2017 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Roll The Stone Away: A Family’s Legacy of Racism And Abuse was released by Mercer University Press in April 2020. Ann is an admitted book junkie with a library of over a thousand books. She lives near Powder Springs, Georgia with her husband and daughter, where she allows her Appalachian characters to dictate their stories.