Joyce Blaylock



Joyce Blaylock has taught English Literature at both high school and university levels. Among the numerous awards she has received are the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for the Dante Institute, the Frist Foundation Grant to study Dante in Italy, and the prestigious Fulbright Award. A lover of historical research and libraries, she serves on the board of the Giles County Public Library, where she enjoys her farm in Lynnville, Tennessee.





10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Book Talk
Adelicia: A Historical Novel of Louisiana and Tennessee

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing



The character driven novel follows the fortunes of Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen, who subsequently becomes Nashville’s most famous and enigmatic personality of the 19th century.

Adelicia is not a biography, but an historical fiction based on Adelicia’s life and historical events of the time. Twenty-one, self-willed and ambitious, Adelicia steps into the Nashville of 1838, as it is making its transition from frontier town to enterprising city. After her first husband’s death, she arguably becomes the wealthiest woman in America. However, her wealth offers little protection from the sufferings of the human heart, and Adelicia has her share. She endures the premature deaths of her first two husbands, as well as those of six of her ten children.


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