Thom, Dark Rain
to sign, read books in Madison
will appear Oct. 16
at Village Lights Bookstore
Helen E. McKinney
(October 2011) Best-selling author James Alexander
Thom knows his history. And he knows his geography, having woven a river
throughout all of his novels as a central theme.
Thom, who lives west of Bloomington, Ind., is very much in demand
as an author and speaker, said Nathan Montoya, owner of Village Lights
Bookstore in Madison, Ind. Thom is known for his national historical
fiction bestsellers Follow the River and From Sea
to Shining Sea.
Thom and wife, Dark
Rain, will appear in
Madison in October as
part of the Steamboat Celebration, organized
by the RIvers Institute.
Montoya said Follow the River remains a common
community read. We have to constantly try to keep his books on our shelves.
Follow the River is in its 37th printing and sells 30,000
to 40,000 copies a year.
Thom will appear from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Village
Light Bookstore, 110 E. Main St., for a book signing and to present
a talk titled, Of Times and Rivers: Downstream in History.
This presentation will focus on rivers and the currents of continuity
they have provided throughout his life and work, said Montoya.
Thom will be accompanied by his wife, Dark Rain Thom, co-author with
her husband of Warrior Woman. Dark Rain is also the Water
Panther Clan Mother of the East of the River Shawnee.
This appearance by Thom and his wife occurs as part of the 2011 Steamboat
Bicentennial Celebration. Montoya said he had worked with the Rivers
Institute at Hanover College on organizing a cultural film series and
was looking for some other event to tie into it for the Steamboat Celebration
weekend. I thought Thom would be perfect to add to the event.
The talk will not focus on a specific book by Thom, said Montoya, since
he has one in the works but not completed or published yet. But it will
include information about an ancestor of Thoms who came from Scotland
and settled in Saluda Township, Jefferson County, Ind.
The author lives like someone out of his historical novels,
said Montoya. To gather information for Follow the River,
a book depicting the July 1755 capture of Mary Draper Ingles in Virginia
by the Shawnee Indians and her subsequent 1,000-mile journey home following
the routes of the Ohio, Kanawha and New Rivers, Thom actually walked
the path of Mary Ingles as much as he possibly could. He didnt
just read about it, said Montoya.
He is a very conscientious writer of historical
fiction, he said. He is faithful to history through his
research and works from that research. Not having much regard
for the computer, Thom writes his books out by longhand.
Montoya said that for anyone who might not be interested in picking
up a historical fiction novel, Thoms novels educate the
reader with regard to history.
For more information on Thoms presentation
and book signing please contact the Village Lights Bookstore at (812)
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