On November 3, at 7:00 p.m., writer Robert Brandt will read from his newly published novel, Painted Trillium: A Novel of the Civil War.
Robert Brandt is the author of books and articles about Tennessee history, travel, and outdoors. His novel Painted Trillium tells the story of a Tennessee woman and a Union officer who meet in Murfreesboro in 1863. As they navigate the changing landscape around them, they take life-threatening chances to develop a connection that crosses more than state lines.
"Long a student of history, I was curious about the impact on women who witnessed the unspeakable horror of a major battle and who suffered through unimaginable deprivation in the Civil War," said Brandt. "My own great-grandmother waded into the carnage after the Battle of Chickamauga to care for the wounded. Thinking about what those women went through led me to write Painted Trillium."
Among Brandt's other books are Touring the Middle Tennessee Backroads, Fodor's Compass American Guide-Tennessee, and Middle Tennessee on Foot. His contributions to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Cultures include entries pertaining to the period covered in Painted Trillium. In addition, his articles have appeared in the Sierra, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, and The Tennessee Conservationist. A native of Norris, Tennessee, he received a bachelor of arts in history from Centre College and a juris doctor from Vanderbilt University, where he served as an adjunct faculty member. He is a retired judge and lawyer living in Nashville with his wife, Anne.
The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is a joint venture between the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Main Street: Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, the City of Murfreesboro, and the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU. Additional support comes from the Rutherford County government.