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Oracle Historical Society: Thomas Cobb
Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST
Oracle Historical Society hosts Thomas Cobb at the Acadia Ranch Museum, 825 E Mt Lemmon Highway, Oracle on Sunday, October 8 @ 1:00pm.
Please join us for this informative and interesting presentation. There is no charge and donations are always welcome. Refreshments will be served. Thomas Cobb is an American novelist and author of With Blood in Their Eyes, a nonfiction novel based on the Powers shootout in the Galiuro Mountains in 1918. Cobb weaves the story of the Power brothers’ escape with flashbacks of the boys’ father’s life and his struggle to make a living ranching, logging, and mining in the West around the turn of the century. Deftly drawn characters and cleverly concealed motivations work seamlessly to blend a compelling family history with a desperate story of the brothers as they attempt to escape.
Dr. Cobb is also the author of Shavetail, Acts of Contrition, and Darkness the Color of Snow, as well as the 1987 novel Crazy Heart which was adapted into the 2010 Academy Awardwinning 2009 film Crazy Heart. Raised in Tucson, Arizona, Cobb acquired an MFA from the University of Arizona. He earned a PhD from the University of Houston. He has taught at Eastern Arizona College and in the Arizona State Prison System.
In 1987, he became a member of the faculty of Rhode Island College and was Professor of English and Director of Performing & Fine Arts Commission. He taught fiction writing and literature and was the director of the program from 1987 to 2005. In 2010, he received the Rhode Island College Alumni Faculty Award. Dr. Cobb recently returned to Tucson.
On February 10, 1918, John Power woke to the sound of bells and horses’ hooves. He was sharing a cabin near the family mine with his brother Tom and their father Jeff; hired man Tom Sisson was also nearby. Then gunfire erupted, and so began the day when the Power brothers engaged the Graham County Sheriff’s Department in the bloodiest shootout in Arizona history.
Now Thomas Cobb has taken up the story in this powerful and meticulously researched nonfiction novel. What seems at first a simple tale of crime and pursuit takes on much greater meaning and complexity as the story traces the past lives of the main characters and interconnects them—all leading back to the deadly confrontation that begins the book.
Grappling with themes of loyalty, masculinity, technology, and honor, this sweeping saga reveals the passion and brutality of frontier life in Arizona a hundred years ago. Richly authentic and beautifully written, With Blood in Their Eyes breathes dramatic new life into this nearly forgotten episode of the American West.
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