Join us to celebrate the release of Bruce Johnson’s newest book:
Three tragic, iconic figure of the 1930s roamed the streets of Asheville, Hendersonville, Tryon, and Lake Lure, seeking inspiration and characters for their novels and short stories.
May 16th, 6 PM
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine in the incredible Zealandia Castle. Author Bruce Johnson will share a few of his favorite stories from the book:
I’ll explain just why in 1935 Scott Fitzgerald retreated to the Grove Park Inn and stayed there nearly two years. During that time he began a disastrous affair with a married woman from Memphis, moved Zelda to Highland Hospital, and attempted suicide in room 441. Poor Zelda remained at Highland after Scott left Asheville, and died here in a horrific, mysterious fire, the origins of which I will delve into that night.
As for Tom, well, there is no shortage of great stories about his brief and equally as tragic life here in Asheville, including his summer retreat in 1937 to a log cabin overlooking the Swannanoa River.
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