Novelist Karen Spears Zacharias is on a national book tour for her new novel CHRISTIAN BEND and will swing through Columbus Thursday evening for a book-signing at the Dorothy McClure Theatre at the Springer Opera House at 7:00 pm.
As part of her appearance in Columbus, she has invited artist Garry Pound and Springer artistic director Paul Pierce will join her onstage where the three will engage in a free-wheeling discussion about the creative process. The event is called, “Inspired: A Conversation Among Artists.”
“This is a great chance for me to mix it up with two artists I admire,” Zacharias said. “We’re going to explore all the ways that artists find inspiration and thrive in a universe of creativity and change. I believe the audience can expect some surprises.”
CHRISTIAN BEND (Mercer Press) is the third book in a trilogy that began with MOTHER OF RAIN in 2015 and followed by BURDY in 2016. The books are set in the remote Appalachian village of Christian Bend, beginning in the 1930s and then stretching into the 1950s. All three books center on Burdy Luttrell, a mysterious Melungeon mountain healer who carries ancient secrets and is nearly a force of nature for the strange and beautiful people who are spun into her life.
After MOTHER OF RAIN was published and won the the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction, Paul Pierce wrote a stage adaption – with original music by Kerry Phillips – and produced it at the Springer. The play ran successfully in the Dorothy McClure Theatre in the spring of 2016.
“It will be so wonderful to be back at the Springer in the very space where MOTHER OF RAIN came to life onstage,” Zacharias explained.” “Christian Bend is tribute to the community that gave me safe haven when I needed it most. It is a recognition of the earnest, good hearted, Jesus-loving clan who are my people. And, as always, for the veterans, who are our truest peace-keepers.”
Karen Spears Zacharias grew up in an Army family. Her father was killed in action in Vietnam in 1966 while her family was posted at Fort Benning.
That early experience led Karen into a career as a journalist and she worked as a reporter at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. She studied at Berry College, Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon University.
Karen has worked at newspapers around the country and her commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, CNN, National Public Radio and The Huffington Post.
“Inspired: A Conversation Among Artists” will start at 7:00 pm with a book-signing reception with the author – with refreshments available – in the lobby of the Springer Opera House’s Dorothy McClure Theatre on First Avenue. Guests will then be invited to follow Zacharias into the McClure auditorium for the discussion with Garry Pound and Paul Pierce. Admission is free and open to the public.