2017-09-28 / News

Friends of Library to hear Bob Young at Oct. 12 meeting

The next meeting of the Friends of the Mary Willis Library will be held on October 12 at 3 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. The guest speaker will be Bob Young, author of The Treasure Train and his new book, The Hand of the Wicked.

From his website, Young’s first book, published in 2012, was The Treasure Train. It told the story behind the legend of the disappearance of the Confederate treasury at the end of the Civil War. To this day, treasure hunters continue to try to find the millions of dollars in missing gold and silver. But does it really exist? The Treasure Train tells the true story through the eyes of a Confederate treasury agent.

The Treasure Train was a finalist for the Frank Yerby Award at the Augusta Literary Festival. In 2015, Young was presented with the Jefferson Davis Award by the United Daughters of the Confederacy for his work on Southern history.

Young’s second book is The Hand of the Wicked. This historic novel tells a story of murder and betrayal during Reconstruction in Georgia. Based on the events surrounding the brutal killing of Freedwoman Nellie West, Bob follows the efforts to spare her killers from the hangman’s noose all the way to President Johnson’s desk. However, we quickly learn that the story does not end in the Executive Office. The Hand of the Wicked is scheduled for publishing in 2017.

The public is invited to attend and light refreshments will be served.

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