Russellville native returns with new novel

Staff report

Russellville native Nelson Weaver has written a historical fiction novel based on life in Logan County in the 1950s.

He has two book signings coming up and will be speaking Monday evening at 6 p.m. at KP Hall in conjunction with the Friends of the Library community read project on the biography of Alice Dunnigan.

Below is the press release for Weaver’s book, “The Way it Was.”


You can’t believe the stories Nelson Weaver writes in his new novel, The Way it Was. But be careful because there is also a lot of truth hidden between the covers of this book.

Why did Logan County and Russellville School Systems integrate before any of the surrounding counties? Why would the most southern of all Kentucky Counties be so far in front on this controversial issue in 1956?

Kentuckians, and especially the Bluegrass residents from around Logan County, are going to recognize many of the characters. Weaver borrowed from the history of his home town of Russellville, Kentucky. He used actual events to spin a fictitious tale about two families, one white and the other African American.

The reader is taken back to the days of the Great Depression and to the south Logan community of Schochoh. From there, the author interweaves the years of the Depression, war, integration, civil rights and social changes with the biography of the two families.

Ultimately, the story shifts to the friendship of two young men; one from each family

It is an amazing journey and adventure for both men, but, only one becomes famous.

The author will be in Russellville Tobacco Festival week. He will be signing books. Watch this newspaper for details, dates, and times.

Nelson Weaver is a native of Russellville and a graduate of Russellville High School and the University of Alabama. He is the son of the late Charles Weaver and Athelyn Weaver. Nelson and his wife, Mindy now reside in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Staff report

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