Author Event: Robert Gwaltney in converstation with Donna Everhart

  • Dates: October 1, 2022
  • Venue: Page 158 Books
  • Location: Wake Forest
  • Address: 415 Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587
  • Times: 1pm
  • Admission: Free


Page 158 Books is thrilled to welcome Robert Gwaltney in conversation with Donna Everhart, to discuss Gwaltney's book 'The Cicada Tree', out now. 

It’s the summer of 1956, and a brood of cicadas descends upon Providence, Georgia. It’s a natural event with supernatural repercussions, and unhinges the life of Analeise Newell, an eleven-year-old piano prodigy. Amidst this emergence, dark obsessions are stirred, uncanny gifts provoked, and secrets unearthed.  

A graduate of Florida State University, Robert Gwaltney resides in Atlanta, GA. By day, he serves as Vice President of Easter Seals North Georgia, Inc., a non-profit organization strengthening children and their families at the most critical times in their development. Through his non-profit work, Gwaltney is a champion for early childhood literacy. In all the hours between, he writes.

Donna Everhart is the USA Today bestselling author of Southern fiction, including the Indie Next List selection The Education of Dixie Dupree, The Forgiving Kind, The Moonshiner's Daughter, and the Southeastern Library Association Award-winning novel The Road to Bittersweet. Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, she now lives just an hour away along with her husband and a tiny, heart-stealing Yorkshire terrier named Mister. Her latest novel, 'The Saints of Swallow Hill' is out now. 

In the dense pine forests of North Carolina, turpentiners labor, hacking into tree trunks to draw out the sticky sap that gives the Tar Heel State its nickname, and hauling the resin to stills to be refined. Among them is Rae Lynn Cobb and her husband, Warren, who run a small turpentine farm together. Though the work is hard and often dangerous, Rae Lynn, who spent her childhood in an orphanage, is thankful for it--and for her kind if careless husband. When Warren falls victim to his own negligence, Rae Lynn undertakes a desperate act of mercy. To keep herself from jail, she disguises herself as a man named Ray and heads to the only place she can think of that might offer anonymity--a turpentine camp in Georgia named Swallow Hill.