North Carolina author Terry Roberts’ first novel, “A Short Time to Stay Here,” highlights a little-known chapter in the state’s history: the detention of German prisoners of war during World War I. Roberts will read from and discuss his book at 5:30 p.m. Jan 24 in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of the Bull’s Head Bookshop.
The novel is set at the Mountain Park Hotel in isolated Hot Springs, north of Asheville. The hotel served as the internment site for more than 2,000 German nationals during the war.
Roberts, who was born in Asheville and raised in Weaverville, is the director of the National Paideia Center in Chapel Hill, which advocates for a holistic approach to life-long learning.
The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Collection and Friends of the Library.
For program information, contact Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203.