For those of you too young to remember the 1935 Moonshine Conspiracy Trial and want to know the details, and for those who remember and want to relive the drama as it played out in the daily press, a new book is waiting for you.
Morris Stephenson, Beverly Merritt, and Ann Leary have compiled a complete daily newspaper account of the trial and events surrounding the trial.  The book also includes Sherwood Anderson’s Liberty Magazine Story.  Anderson, a noted author, covered the trial at the time for the national magazine “Liberty.”  He later wrote a novel and a book, presumed based upon Willie Carter Sharpe, certainly one of the most colorful characters in the trial.  Anderson became fascinated with Mrs. Sharpe when he covered the trial.
The 320-page paperback book, entitled, “Franklin County’s Famous 1935 Moonshine Conspiracy Trial,” is illustrated and indexed and will be available the afternoon of 17 Sep 2016.   If you want a first hand account of all the players and the process of the manufacture and distribution of moonshine, the arrests, the shoot outs, murders, lies, lovers, fast cars and enough to keep you on the edge of your seat for a good while, you will enjoy this book. 
There will be a book signing Saturday, 17 September 2016, 1:00-3:00PM, at the Franklin County Public Library, 355 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA.  Books can be purchased at the book signing.
To purchase a copy by mail, or to ensure you have a copy in the first order, make your check payable to:
       Beverly Merritt
       Post Office Box 636
       Henry, VA   24102
Cost of book:  $40.00 plus $3.50 for shipping and handling.
Arrangements can be made to pick up the book if you do not wish to have the book mailed.  In this case, deduct the S&H and add a note with your telephone number in order to arrange for pick up.  At this time, the book is only available through mail or at the book signing. 
NOTE:   T.  Keister Greer’s “The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935,” 2nd edition, is a legal and scholarly look at the trial, much through transcripts of the trial.  This book now sells used only on starting at $179.05.   “Franklin County’s Famous 1935 Moonshine Conspiracy Trial” differs from Mr. Greer’s book as it documents the trial through local newspaper accounts.    
Rebecca Reuben Dyer