Utopia-based poet and novelist Paulette Jiles’ love of history, meticulous research and unimaginable creativity have created New York Times best-sellers such as “Enemy Women,” set during the Civil War near Jiles’ homeland in Missouri and “Stormy Weather,” a heart-wrenching story of the Great Depression and the struggles of a family of daughters.
Although her writings are fiction, many are based on actual events or real characters from early Texas. Some Utopia friends had an ancestor who traveled to the frontier towns reading the newspapers for a few extra pennies and dimes.
Jiles used this character to create her novel, “News of the World,” named one of the top five best books in the National Book Award for fiction in 2018.
Acclaimed actor and director Tom Hanks loved this story and bought the movie rights, so movie-goers will be able to see it on the big screen soon.
“Simon the Fiddler,” Jiles’ newest release, is set in Texas at the end of the Civil War.
The ladies at Main Street Utopia will host a book signing tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon, at the store location 282 Main St. in Utopia. Pastries and coffee from Postal Brews will be served.
Everyone is invited and there will be plenty of room both inside and outside the store for safe distancing.