Novelist Ann Hite, author of the acclaimed debut novel “Ghost on Black Mountain,” will be at the Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. for a discussion about Southern fiction and to read from her novel.
Told in the stunning voices of five women whose lives are inextricably bound when a murder takes place in rural Depression-era North Carolina, “Ghost on Black Mountain” spans generations and conjures the best of Southern folklore—mystery, spirits, hoodoo, and the beauty of the Appalachian landscape.
Hite, who lives in Smyrna, Ga., is a fan of the increasingly popular genre known as Southern Fiction, and her own work falls in the more specific category of Southern Gothic. She says in an interview with the “Huffington Post,” “Southern Fiction's finest voices were born on front porches, at family gatherings, and in the conversations overheard at old fashion church homecomings. Storytelling is a requirement of being born in the South. It’s in our blood.”