Join us on Saturday, June 14, at 7 pm (eastern) in the Rebecca Johnson Theater (Historic Rugby Visitor Center) for an evening with award-winning novelist Terry Roberts. This free event will include readings and a book signing. Copies of A Short Time to Stay Here, winner of the 2012 Willie Morris Prize for Southern Literature and the 2013 Sir Walter Raleigh Award, will be available for purchase.


When the United States entered World War I in 1917, some 2,000 German merchant seamen were stranded in east coast seaports. Although non-combatants, they were placed in internment camps for the duration of the war. The Mountain Park Hotel in Hot Springs, North Carolina, was one such camp. Building on stories handed down by his grandmother, Roberts has crafted a universal tale of different cultures brought together; outsiders versus insiders, Germans versus Americans, northern urbanites versus rural southern Appalachian natives, lawlessness versus order.


Terry Roberts holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, where he is Director of the National Paideia Center, an educational reform organization. He is at work on a second novel set in Madison County, North Carolina, immediately following the Civil War.


Photo by Michael Mauney.