Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home has partnered with One Book, Many Voices, the Rome Area Council for the Arts, the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and Duke Hospitality to present an evening of Cherokee culture and literary exploration to the community next Tuesday. This special event will take place at the Rome City Auditorium and will feature Cherokee musician Tommy Wildcat and author Charles Frazier.
Heather Shores, Executive Director of Chieftains, says that Wildcat will take the stage at 6:30 pm. His performance will be followed by a presentation by Frazier at 7 pm. Frazier’s book “Thirteen Moons” was chosen by One Book, Many Voices as the 2019 community read.
“Thirteen Moons” tells the story of an orphaned youth in North Carolina who was adopted by the Cherokee Nation in the 19th century; it is loosely based on a true story, according to Shores.
The book was published in 2006. It proceeded to become a New York Times bestseller and was named a best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Frazier also wrote the book “Cold Mountain”, which was made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman. His latest novel “Varina” focuses on Varina Howell Davis, the wife of Jefferson Davis.
A book signing will follow Frazier’s presentation. His books will be for sale, along with CDs by Tommy Wildcat.
Tickets for the event are $5 and may be purchased at the Chieftains Museum, the Rome-Floyd County Library and Dogwood Books in downtown Rome.
This event is part of the Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home’s calendar of events for 2019 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Cherokee leader Major Ridge’s arrival at the house that is now the museum.