June Hall McCash: Almost to Eden

MON, AUG 16, 2010 (52:04)

June Hall McCash, the author of three very popular and informative coastal histories The Jekyll Island Club, The Jekyll Island Cottage Colony and Jekyll Island’s Early Years, discusses her new historical novel, Almost to Eden. The setting is Jekyll Island and nearby Brunswick, and it is a story about an Irish immigrant, Maggie O’Brien, who comes to the Georgia coast hoping for freedom and a new life and who finds herself caught up in the lives of coastal residents. McCash has taught at Emory University and is the 1996 Outstanding Alumna Award winner from Agnes Scott College in Decatur.

+ BIO: June Hall McCash

June Hall McCash is a member of the Georgia Writers Association as well as a board member of the Tennessee Writers Alliance. With her late husband, Bart McCash, she first visited Jekyll Island in 1983 and fell in love with it. As a couple she and her husband, who chaired the Department of History at Middle Tennessee State University, wrote one book together, The Jekyll Island Club, Southern Haven for America’s Millionaires, which was ground-breaking in its research and on which many later writers have relied for information about the club.

Following her husband’s death in 1991, she published The Jekyll Island Cottage Colony in 1998 and Jekyll Island’s Early Years in 2005. Three of her earlier books dealt with the Middle Ages, which was her academic research area. She has also published many articles, especially about a 12th-century writer named Marie de France. She has recently published an article on a colorful Savannah figure named Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar in Georgia Backroads magazine.

Her most recent book is her debut novel, Almost to Eden, is set at Jekyll Island, Brunswick, and New York and tells the fictional story of an Irish immigrant who becomes a chambermaid at the historic Jekyll Island Club. June McCash has appeared in three A&E film documentaries and on Good Morning America. She is also a frequent speaker, having done presentations for the Georgia Humanities Council, various historical societies, libraries and universities, as well as the Georgia Library Association, the Jekyll Island Museum, and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

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