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November 2 & 3, 2018 – Historical Fiction Fall Event with America Best Selling Author Robert Hicks, author of “Widow of the South” and “Orphan Mother” – Register Today!

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    times varySouthwest Presbyterian Church - 6033 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire, TX 77401

    Friday November 2, 2018

    We are currently working on our Meet and Mingle: Dinner with the Authors.  Stay tuned for for more information.

    Saturday November 3, 2018

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Robert Hicks

    Registration begins Saturday at 8:30 AM

    Saturday Morning Keynote Speaker - 9:am - 10:00 am - Robert Hicks, author of "Widow of the South" and "Orphan Mother"

    Robert Hicks is the author of The New York Times Bestseller The Widow of the South and has played a major role in preserving the historic Carnton mansion, a focal point in the Battle of Franklin which occurred on November 30, 1864. Nashville Lifestyles Magazine recently named Robert as the #2 in the top 100 Reasons to Love Nashville, describing him as Nashville's "Master of Ceremonies".

    Working both as a music publisher and in artist management in both country and rock music, my interests remain broad and varied. A partner in BB King's Blues Clubs ( in Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles, I serve as 'Curator of Vibe' of the corporation.

    A lifelong collector, I was the first Tennessean to be listed among Arts & Antiquities' Top 100 Collectors in America - my collection focuses on Outsider Art, Tennessean, and Southern Material Culture. I served as co-curator (with Ben Caldwell and Mark Scala) on the exhibition, Ar of Tennessee, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. The exhibition was a seven year endeavor from conception at my kitchen table to its opening, September 2003. I was co-editor of the exhibition's award-winning catalog, Art of Tennessee (UT Press, 2003).

    In the field of historic preservation, I've served on the Boards of Historic Carnton Plantation (, the Tennessee State Museum, The Williamson County Historical Society, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts ( In December 1997, after a third term as president of the Carnton board, and in light of my years of service to Carnton, I was named by board resolution: "the driving force in the restoration and preservation of Historic Carnton Plantation."

    For the past two years,I've headed up Franklin's Charge: A Vision and Campaign for the Preservation of Historic Open Space ( in the fight to secure and preserve both battlefield and other historic open space in Williamson County. Franklin's Charge has taken on the massive mission of saving what remains of the eastern flank of the battlefield at Franklin - the largest remaining undeveloped fragment of the battlefield - and turning it into a public battlefield park which will eventually run from the Lotz and Carter Houses ( to Ft. Granger and Carnton Plantation, with significant holdings around Breezy and Winstead Hills. (

    Saturday Morning - Session I - 10:15 am - 11:30 am

    Robert Hicks - topic to be announced

    Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    will be provided

    Saturday Afternoon Session II - 12:35 pm - 1:50 pm

    Sandra Worth

    Sandra Worth - Sandra will present, "Writing Historical Fiction"

    Sandra Worth is the author of six books chronicling the demise of the Plantagenet dynasty in England and the rise of the Tudors. Five of her novels are the recipients of awards and prizes.Sandra holds an honours B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto and lectures on the Wars of the Roses, the subject of her novels

    Sandra signed a two book deal with the Penguin Group (USA) in 2007, and a new book deal in 2009 for Pale Rose of England: A Novel of the Tudors. Foreign rights have been sold to six countries.

    For additional information visit the website contact page. See also Berkley-Jove Authors and Penguin Books. Or read the Pittsburgh Examiner article.

    Saturday Afternoon Session III -  2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

    Presenter and topic to be announced

    Saturday Conclusion - Historical Fiction Panel - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Moderators and Panelists:

    Robert Hicks

    Sandra Worth

    Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

    Janet Shawgo

    Janet Oakley



    Friday scheduling is underway.  We're close to confirming our final presenters for Saturday.

    Stay tuned for updates ...

    Historical Fall Conference