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May 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Meeting Location:
  • In-Person
The Muse Writers Center
2200 Colonial Ave, Suite #3
Norfolk, VA 23517 United States

John Cameron Book Launch and Q&A

Join The Muse Writers Center for a reading by John Cameron from his new book, The Roads of War. After the reading, there will be a Q&A and book signing. This event will be held in person at The Muse and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Proof of vaccination is required to attend. See the Muse’s current Covid-19 policies. / Watch the live stream on Facebook.

“. . . down-to-earth prose, enthralling characters, and vivid descriptions . . . An up-close and personal immersion into Southern life and history on par with Gone With The Wind.”

—Mike Krentz, award-winning author of Dead Already and Angels Falling


About the book:

During the Civil War, Lewis McCormack has to return to his regiment’s training camp, leaving his wife Eliza to tend to their homestead. Rearing children, surviving a declining economy, and paying the family debts leads to intolerable hurdles and even more difficult decisions. Amid the chaos of war, Lewis just wants to stay alive—to make it back to his family.

Meanwhile, Private Davey Morris is detailed as courier and travels through war-torn Pennsylvania to complete his mission, while Private Tandy Strider uses his thirty-day wounded furlough to search for the young prostitute that he has deemed his soulmate.

As the war progresses, Lewis realizes that his soul has hardened—and deep inside, he only feels emptiness. Will Lewis make it through the war? And when he returns, in what state will he find his family? Will they even survive?

In a raw, realistic narrative, The Roads of War exposes the authenticity of battle—the hardships, the struggle, and the yearning for tranquility. John Cameron weaves a true-to-life quilt of human emotion, universal tribulation—and the power of love.

About the Author: 

John Cameron grew up in the Sand Hills of North Carolina where many generations of his Scottish-American ancestors lived. Until he went away to college he spent every summer working in tobacco fields.
At Davidson College he studied history, but also learned to play bridge which nearly wrecked his college career. He then attended graduate school at UNC Chapel Hill specializing in 18th century France and the Revolution. His research was centered on Marseilles and Provence which is why he now writes novels often set in that part of the world. Much of his life has been spent at universities in several states. However, from time to time he departed academia spending time in the US Army and running a business which produced handmade tchotchkes.

He has lived in many states as well as France, visited the Gobi desert, and circumnavigated the globe. He is now settled more or less permanently in Norfolk, Virginia where he can look out on the Lafayette River as he writes.

He is married and has several children and grandchildren who are appropriately scattered about the globe living in several countries and many different states.

When not writing he gathers with friends, watches herons on the river, drinks single malt whiskey and plays music on various four stringed instruments. He considers himself to be a child of the Enlightenment which despite contradictions and failings among its adherents remains a statement of the finest hopes and goals for humanity.


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