Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Wake Reads Together 2006 Selects Local Author


All of the votes have been counted and the personal recollection of Tim Tyson in his Blood Done Sign My Name will be the book all of Wake County will be reading and discussing in the upcoming months.

Blood Done Sign My Name is the story of a real 1970 murder in Oxford, N.C. In many ways, it is also the story of an evolving South and the accompanying taint of racism. The story is relayed from various perspectives – the author’s own, both as a 10-year-old and as an adult historian; the perspective of his minister father and the parishioners of the local church; the Black veterans and activists in the town; and the family members of the murderer. It is a painful look at the demons that haunt us from a masterful storyteller and a chilling realist.

The kickoff program for Wake Reads Together will feature the author speaking about his book on January 22, at 2 p.m., in the new Cameron Village Regional Library (1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh). Accompanying the author will be vocalist Mary Williams, who will be performing the spiritual from which the book takes its name. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.