Those who have missed opportunities to meet authors of recent books about Dawson County and its early citizens, or to buy their books, will have a chance to do so during the upcoming 43rd Mountain Moonshine Festival.
J. M. Burt and Charles Finley plan to be in the lobby of the Historic Old Courthouse with their publications, and they invite folks to drop in to chat, perhaps purchase a book and have it autographed. They will also welcome those who have already read their works to come by for a visit.
Burt’s novel, “God-fearing Criminals,” features not only moonshine-makers, but all aspects of early 20th century life in the county.
Finley’s history of Dawson County schools, “Yesterday Once More,” is a precursor to a complete history of the county, for which he is presently doing research.
The local Historical Society also invited Olivia Robinson to join these two with her historical novel, “Hockenhull Gold,” but because of illness in her family, she is unable to attend. Copies of that book, however, are available through the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.
Although author James Carver does not plan to be at the Old Courthouse in person, copies of his book “Abstracts of Obituaries in Dawson County, 1879-1952” will be on display and available for purchase, as will historical society publications.
Burt plans to be on hand both Oct. 23 and 24, along with representatives of the historical society.
Finley will be present for autographing only on Saturday. His book, however, will also be available on Sunday.
Those interested in Dawson County history are invited to make the Old Courthouse lobby one of their stops during the festival.