Thursday, 11 October 2012
The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host a book talk with Emily Cooper, author of “Queen of the Lost,” a fictionalized account of former First Lady of South Carolina Lucy Pickens, on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
Cooper's book focuses on the life of Lucy Holcombe Pickens, the legendary “Queen of the Confederacy” and wife of South Carolina Governor Francis Pickens. A fictionalized historical saga spanning 150 years, “Queen of the Lost” traces Pickens’ life from her origins in Tennessee and Texas to the tsar’s palace in St. Petersburg with her then-ambassador husband, Francis Pickens. Following Pickens' election to the governorship and South Carolina's subsequent secession, Lucy Holcombe Pickens became the first and only woman to be pictured on Confederate currency.