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Nancy Peacock 

When: Thu., Aug. 15, 7-8 p.m. 2013

Persimmon Wilson would make a damn fine name for a blues singer, someone who done sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads for the ability to play the guitar and whose woman done him wrong. Unfortunately for the title character of Hillsborough resident and Chapel Hill writing teacher Nancy Peacock's novel, he's an ex-slave in the 1800s, accused of killing his master and running off with his wife, and writing his story while waiting for gallows to be built for his hanging. This would also make a fine blues song. Peacock's novel explores the literate Wilson's past as a "Black Indian" riding among the Comanche, the passing of Native Americans with the expansion of the white man and the true nature of Wilson's relationship with his master's "wife." Once again, plenty in there for a blues song, but we'll settle for the launch of Peacock's novel at this reading. —Zack Smith

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