The 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War is proud to announce the addition of author David Wilson Atwood, author Janis Cooke Newman and editor James S. Baumlin to the festival lineup.
David Wilson Atwood is the author of “Where The Mockingbird Sang – A Novel of the Civil War.” Set in the Arkansas Ozarks, the novel is based on the Civil War diaries of the author’s great-great-grandfather, Evans Atwood, a Springdale physician who served with 15th Arkansas Infantry, CSA. “Where the Mockingbird Sang” combines journal entries, historical fact and fiction in a narrative that begins before the start of the war and follows events through the aftermath of the conflict.
Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the historical novel “Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln.” Told from the perspective of Mary Todd Lincoln, whom the author calls one of the most misunderstood women in American history, “Mary” is a story filled with love and war, sex and seances, assassination, infidelity, madness, and politics. The book was honored as the USA Today’s Best Historical Fiction of the Year in 2006.
James S. Baumlin is a contributor to “Confederate Girlhoods: A Women’s History of Early Springfield, Missouri.” According to Moon City Press, “Confederate Girlhoods” gathers materials from the Campbell-McCammon Collection as preserved in The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County. The book includes memoirs, correspondence and fiction by four generations of women in the Campbell family, a founding family of Springfield, MO. Focused on writings from 1855 to 1905, “Confederate Girlhoods” presents the women’s view of Indians and early settling; of slavery and Southern patriotism; of war and its social, political, economic aftermath; of the railroad and Westward migration; and of an Ozarks community’s early efforts at conservation and civic commemoration.