Charles D. Thompson Jr, author of the new book Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World, will sign copies at Book Expo in New York. The signing event will be in the University of Illinois Press booth (#3742) at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24.
Advance trade reviews of Spirits of Just Men have been unanimous in their praise:
“Thompson brings the area to life, offering a portrait of a place that the government forgot, a blue-collar town run amok with barefoot children and well-armed men. . . . A meticulous, exhaustive history of moonshining, poverty and Blue Ridge culture.”–Kirkus Reviews
“A well-researched and well-written study and a thought-provoking portrait of 1930s Appalachia.”–Library Journal
“This informative, engaging work wonderfully reveals the culture and colorful history of a region with intimate ties to the illegal production and distribution of alcohol during ‘Prohibition.'”–Booklist