A Discussion with Author Wiley Cash

Author Wiley Cash discusses “The Marrow of Tradition” by Charles W. Chestnutt at the Bellamy Mansion Museum

On Tuesday, April 16, the Bellamy Mansion Museum will host author Wiley Cash as he discusses the 1901 book “The Marrow of Tradition,” written by the first black professional writer in the nation Charles W. Chesnutt.

“The Marrow of Tradition” is a fictionalized account of the 1898 Wilmington massacre and coup, an important and little-known moment in the history of this city.

Belt Publishing is reissuing “The Marrow of Tradition” as part of its acclaimed Belt Revivals series, with a new introduction by Cash. Cash also wrote his thesis on The Marrow of Tradition.

Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy.  The founder of the Open Canon Book Club and co-founder of the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency, he has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Weymouth Center.  He serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina – Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA.  He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their two young daughters.

The lecture begins at 6:30PM at the Bellamy Mansion Museum and is free to all attendees.  There is a $5 suggested donation.  For more information contact Carolyn Gonzalez at 910-251-3700 x306 or cgonzalez@bellamymansion.org.

The Bellamy Mansion Museum, located at 503 Market Street in Wilmington, is a non- profit educational institution dedicated to interpreting the social and architectural history of the Bellamy Mansion and promoting a greater understanding of historic preservation, architectural history and restoration methods in North Carolina. In 1994, the Bellamy Museum opened its doors to the public after years of renovation and interpretive planning. In this 25 th anniversary year, the Bellamy Mansion Museum will continue to provide diverse educational and cultural programming for our community.

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