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Best Selling Author to Visit Ferrum College

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 Released by: Diane Hailey
February 28, 2002

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Perry Deane Young signs copies of his book "The Untold Story of Frankie Silver" before the performance of his play Frankieat Mars Hill College on Aug. 4, 2001.  (photo by Lana Whited)

           Perry Deane Young, whose book “The David Kopay Story” spent nine weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, will speak at Ferrum College on Wednesday, March 20, at 7pm in the Panther’s Den, located in Lower Franklin Hall. A weekly columnist for the Chapel Hill Herald, Young is the author of seven nonfiction books. The event is free and open to the public.

           Young is an authority on one of the most intriguing figures in North Carolina folklore, Frankie Silver, who was hanged in 1833 for the axe murder of her husband, Charlie. In 1998, Down Home Press published Young’s book “The Untold Story of Frankie Silver: Was She Unjustly Hanged?"

Amanda Rosslyn Ladd as Frankie Silver in the SART production of "Frankie" (Photo by Lana Whited)

           He will discuss Frankie Silver’s story and his book about the case in Dr. Lana Whited’s Women in Literature Course on Thursday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. in Britt 106. The class welcomes visitors.

           Young’s visit to Ferrum comes just days before the 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference (March 25-26). This year’s Conference, themed “Creative Women,” will feature author Sharyn McCrumb, also an expert on Frankie Silver, having penned best seller “The Ballad of Frankie Silver.”

           On assignment for United Press International in 1968, Young went to Vietnam, arriving in Saigon the night the Tet Offensive began. Later, he worked for the New York Post in New York, Beirut, and Cairo, and has published articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Harper’s, Ms., Rolling Stone, Penthouse, Cosmopolitan, The Advocate, Washingtonian, Saturday Review, The Chicago Journalism Review, and The Quill, as well as newspapers in Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, and Chapel Hill, N.C.

           Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelorís degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges.  To learn more about the College, call 1-800-868-9797 or visit

           Young's appearance at Ferrum College is sponsored by the English and journalism programs.

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