We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Young Writers Contest. The winners can be seen by clicking the above link.

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Sunday Salons

Sunday Salons:

Where HLA members and guests gather to enjoy readings and discussions by selected authors and poets.

John C. Bush, author of Patriots and Rebels, will be the presenter for the Sunday Salon on March 24, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at the home of Margaret Vann, 1808 Covewood Drive, 35801.

Patriots and Rebels is a historical novel about white southerners who were loyal to the Union during the Civil War and some of whom joined the Union army. The Files family lives in the hill country of northwest Alabama and are Patriots. They and families of like views are in constant danger and conflict with their neighbors who are secessionists, that is Rebels. Tom Files endures arduous experiences fighting for the Union, and his wife and children deal with the harsh realities at home. The story is told by his fourteen-year-old daughter and the stories that Tom gradually tells his family. Tom Files is a real person, the great great grandfather of the author’s wife. With the family story as a beginning and much research for details of the period, John Bush created a compelling story of an aspect of history that is little known.

"Patriots and Rebels is an impressive work that combines both engaging storytelling and historical fact and context. Commitment to historical accuracy without relying on common myths or stereotypes has established this book as a standout in Civil War literature.”
--William R. Ferris, Professor of History, University of North Carolina; Center for the Study of the American South; former chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities.

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