Tuesday night, against a backdrop of periodicals, author John Hart spoke at Barnes and Noble Booksellers at Friendly Center in Greensboro. Tuesday was the first day that his new novel, Redemption Road, was released and Greensboro was the author's first stop on a 65 day book tour. Redemption Road is Mr. Hart's first book in five years. This former Greensboro Resident explained to the local audience of faithful fans how he did not want to submit a book for publication until he was confident it would be worthy of his readers' time. He was 300 pages into an earlier draft when he realized the story was not one he wanted to tell. Regarding Redemption Road, the early comments from the publishing houses and critics, are favorable, with some saying this is his best book yet.
Not only can Mr. Hart write, he is also a very good public speaker who is personable and connects with his audience. In addition to answering questions from the audience, he took time to say a few kind words to people who waited in line to have copies of the book signed. Most people know Mr. Hart practiced law in Salisbury, NC. However, not many know he was a French literature major at Davidson College in NC. Reading French literature likely contributed to Mr. Hart's ability to tell a good, complex story. Knowing some of the backstory about the writing of the book really contributes to the joy of reading it. We're about 100 pages in and loving it.