Join Dr. Will Belford as he reads excerpts from his upcoming release, A Place for us to Holiday. Set in the Georgia low country and Salzburg, “A Place for Us to Holiday” is an epistolary narrative of an Austrian P.O.W. who returns to the United States forty years after the Second World War to reunite with the woman with whom he fathered a son during his confinement, the wife of the prison camp commandant. Divided into three sections, the book chronicles the protagonist’s affair during his captivity in the U.S., his repatriation to Austria in the aftermath of the war, and his return to America forty years later on a humanitarian visa.
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Dr. William Lee Belford, Jr. lives with his wife in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, where he writes fiction and serves on the faculty of Armstrong State University as Lecturer of English, teaching creative writing, literature, and composition. He earned his Ph.D. in English – Creative Writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee; his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; and his Bachelor of Arts in English at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Belford has published his work in The Minus Times and The Virginia Quarterly Review and is revising his novel manuscript.
"Belford is an eccentric voice and mind—he summons echoes of Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy in his storytelling style. I trust that through his first published book he will become a powerful new writer to add to the southern literary canon." -Winslow Hastie, Chief Preservation Officer, Historic Charleston Foundation