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Rita Sims Quillen

When: Thursday, September 16th 2021 7pm EST

Where: Virtual Event (Register Below)

Join us for a virtual author talk with Rita Sims Quillen on September 16th at 7:00 pm on Google Meet. We’ll be discussing her novel Wayland, the sequel to her earlier novel Hiding Ezra.

Rita Quillen’s novel Hiding Ezra was published in 2014 from Little Creek Books; it was a finalist in the 2005 DANA Awards competition, and a chapter of the novel is included in the new scholarly study of Appalachian dialect just published by the University of Kentucky Press entitled Talking Appalachian.

Rita is also a musician, playing guitar, mandolin, piano, dulcimer, autoharp, bass, and bodhran, and she has recently began writing songs.


She lives and farms on Early Autumn Farm in Scott County, Virginia.


Set in southwestern Viginia in 1930, Wayland is the story of a perfect life interrupted by a chance encounter with pure evil. Eva and Andrew Nettles are a couple who found each other in the unlikeliest of circumstances and married in mid-life, now living a blissful country life with their adopted daughter--until one day a hobo happens by. Buddy Newman cannot believe his good fortune: this family has everything he needs, including the most beautiful little girl he's ever seen or dreamed of. Newman sets his plan in motion to charm and deceive the family and possess the object of his desires. Can they see through his elaborate deceit in time to save their daughter?

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