White Hart Speaker Series: John Sayles, JAMIE MacGILLIVRAY: THE RENEGADE'S JOURNEY

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road
Salisbury, CT 06068

Presented in partnership with The White Hart Inn & Scoville Memorial Library.

In conversation with Joe Donahue.

FREE. Registration Requested.


John Sayles will read from his epic new historical novel and talk with Joe Donahue about the story that spans 13 years, two continents, several wars, and many smoke-filled and bloody battlefields.
John Sayles (Image by Mary Cybulski)Jamie MacGillivray: A Renegades Journey by John SaylesJoe Donahue

Author image by Mary Cybulski.

It begins in the highlands of Scotland in 1746, at the Battle of Culloden, the last desperate stand of the Stuart ‘pretender’ to the throne of the Three Kingdoms, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and his rabidly loyal supporters.  Vanquished with his comrades by the forces of the Hanoverian (and Protestant) British crown, the novel’s eponymous hero, Jamie MacGillivray, narrowly escapes a roadside execution only to be recaptured by the victors and shipped to Marshalsea Prison (central to Charles Dickens’s Hard Times) where he cheats the hangman a second time before being sentenced to transportation and indentured servitude in colonial America "for the term of his natural life."  His travels are paralleled by those of Jenny Ferguson, a poor, village girl swept up on false charges by the English and also sent in chains to the New World

John Sayles is an American independent film director, screenwriter, actor, and novelist. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, for Passion Fish (1992) and Lone Star (1996). He has written seven novels, the most recent being Yellow Earth (2020) and A Moment in the Sun (2011).
Joe Donahue talks to people on the radio for a living. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years. He is the host of The Round Table for WAMC Radio and a host of NPR's The Book Show. Joe currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.
Copies of Jamie MacGillivray will be available for purchase at this event and a book-signing will follow the program.

The White Hart Inn is a fully wheelchair-accessible space with on-site van-accessible parking. Microphones and speakers will be used at this event. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@oblongbooks.com.