One Book Many Voices Community Read featuring Charles Frazier

Date(s) – Oct 22 2019
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This year’s One Book Many Voices Community Read is the novel Thirteen Moons by award winning author Charles Frazier. Set in the mountains of North Carolina in the 19th century, Thirteen Moons tells the story of Will Cooper, an orphaned “bound boy” who is given a map and a key to operate a trading post deep inside the boundaries of what was then the Cherokee Nation.

The community at large will be given the chance to hear Charles Frazier at 7pm on October 22nd at the City Auditorium in downtown Rome. The evening will begin with a concert by Cherokee musician Tommy Wildcat at 6:30pm and will finish with a book signing by the author after the 7pm presentation. Tickets for this event are $5 each and will be sold at Dogwood Books, the Rome-Floyd County Library, and Chieftains Museum.


Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and is the author of four novels. Cold Mountain (1997), his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller, won the National Book Award in 1997, and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film by Anthony Minghella in 2003. His latest novel, Varina, an instant New York Times bestseller released in April of 2018, is a fictional reimagining of the life of Varina Howell Davis before, during, and after the American Civil War.

One Book Many Voices seeks to foster literacy, encourage dialogue and build community in Floyd County by inviting citizens to read and discuss the same book and participate in programs related to the book and its themes. The Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is partnering with One Book, Many Voices to bring Charles Frazier to Rome as part of the museum’s 2019 calendar of events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Cherokee leader Major Ridge coming to the house that is now the museum.