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Robert Hicks

Best-Selling Author of The Widow of the South / A Separate Country. Civil War Battlefield Preservationist / Speaker

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Robert Hicks is renowned for his powerful historical novels. Hailed as a novel of “lyrical beauty and arresting images” by People Magazine, Hick’s New York Times best-selling debut novel, The Widow of the South, tells the extraordinary tale of the plantation owner Carrie McGavock, as well as the Civil War Battle of Franklin and its long aftermath. His most recent novel, A Separate Country, follows the controversial Civil War General John Bell Hood into his life after the war. A richly depicted history of New Orleans, the Times Picayune praises the story for conjuring “an all-enveloping, passionately rendered past, beautiful and hallucinatory…a powerful evocation of New Orleans as it was in 1879.”

At the podium, Hicks takes the audience inside Carrie McGavock’s world. In 1894 McGavock is an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her company…and the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. The story flashes back thirty years to the afternoon of the Battle of Franklin, five of the bloodiest hours of the Civil War. There were 9,200 casualties that fateful day. McGavock’s home—the Carnton plantation—was taken over by the Confederate army and turned into a hospital; four generals lay dead on her back porch; the pile of amputated limbs rose as tall as the smoke house. And when a wounded soldier named Zachariah Cashwell arrived and awakened feelings she had thought long dead, McGavock found herself inexplicably drawn to him despite the boundaries of class and decorum. The story that ensues between her and Cashwell is just as unforgettable as the battle from which it is drawn. Hicks weaves an unforgettable, panoramic tale of, not only of the battle, but ultimately of community, loss, healing and love.

Hicks’s second presentation is drawn from his latest novel, A Separate Country. Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, it’s the heartrending story of a decent and good man who struggled with his inability to admit his failures—and the story of those who taught him to love, and to be loved, which transformed him. The man is John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army—and one of its most tragic figures. Robert E. Lee promoted him to major general after the battle of Antietam. But the Civil War would mark him forever. At Gettysburg, he lost the use of his left arm. At the Battle of Chickamauga, his right leg was amputated. Starting fresh after the war, he married Anna Marie Hennen and fathered 11 children with her, including three sets of twins. But fate had other plans. Crippled by his war wounds and defeat, ravaged by financial misfortune, Hood had one last foe to battle: Yellow Fever.

In addition to writing, Hicks has been active in the music industry in Nashville for twenty years as both a music publisher and artist manager. A partner in the B. B. King’s Blues Clubs in Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles, he serves as ‘Curator of Vibe’ of the corporation. He served as co-curator on the exhibition, “Art of Tennessee,” at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. He was also co-editor of the exhibition’s award-winning catalog, Art of Tennessee.

Hicks has been the driving force behind the preservation and restoration of the historic Carnton plantation in Tennessee, serving multiple times as president of its board. It was here that he stumbled upon the extraordinary role that Carrie McGavock, “the Widow of the South,” played during and after the Battle of Franklin. He has also served on the Boards of the Tennessee State Museum, The Williamson County Historical Society, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. He’s currently heading up Franklin’s Charge: A Vision and Campaign for the Preservation of Historic Open Space, the fight to secure and preserve both battlefield and other historic open space in Williamson County.

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A Separate Country

A Separate Country

The Widow of the South

The Widow of the South

The Masculine Journey: Understanding the Six Stages of Manhood

The Masculine Journey: Understanding the Six Stages of Manhood

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Robert Hicks

Best-Selling Author of The Widow of the South / A Separate Country. Civil War Battlefield Preservationist / Speaker

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Robert Hicks Biography

Robert Hicks is renowned for his powerful historical novels. Hailed as a novel of “lyrical beauty and arresting images” by People Magazine, Hick’s New York Times best-selling debut novel, The Widow of the South, tells the extraordinary tale of the plantation owner Carrie McGavock, as well as the Civil War Battle of Franklin and its long aftermath. His most recent novel, A Separate Country, follows the controversial Civil War General John Bell Hood into his life after the war. A richly depicted history of New Orleans, the Times Picayune praises the story for conjuring “an all-enveloping, passionately rendered past, beautiful and hallucinatory…a powerful evocation of New Orleans as it was in 1879.”

At the podium, Hicks takes the audience inside Carrie McGavock’s world. In 1894 McGavock is an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her company…and the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. The story flashes back thirty years to the afternoon of the Battle of Franklin, five of the bloodiest hours of the Civil War. There were 9,200 casualties that fateful day. McGavock’s home—the Carnton plantation—was taken over by the Confederate army and turned into a hospital; four generals lay dead on her back porch; the pile of amputated limbs rose as tall as the smoke house. And when a wounded soldier named Zachariah Cashwell arrived and awakened feelings she had thought long dead, McGavock found herself inexplicably drawn to him despite the boundaries of class and decorum. The story that ensues between her and Cashwell is just as unforgettable as the battle from which it is drawn. Hicks weaves an unforgettable, panoramic tale of, not only of the battle, but ultimately of community, loss, healing and love.

Hicks’s second presentation is drawn from his latest novel, A Separate Country. Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, it’s the heartrending story of a decent and good man who struggled with his inability to admit his failures—and the story of those who taught him to love, and to be loved, which transformed him. The man is John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army—and one of its most tragic figures. Robert E. Lee promoted him to major general after the battle of Antietam. But the Civil War would mark him forever. At Gettysburg, he lost the use of his left arm. At the Battle of Chickamauga, his right leg was amputated. Starting fresh after the war, he married Anna Marie Hennen and fathered 11 children with her, including three sets of twins. But fate had other plans. Crippled by his war wounds and defeat, ravaged by financial misfortune, Hood had one last foe to battle: Yellow Fever.

In addition to writing, Hicks has been active in the music industry in Nashville for twenty years as both a music publisher and artist manager. A partner in the B. B. King’s Blues Clubs in Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles, he serves as ‘Curator of Vibe’ of the corporation. He served as co-curator on the exhibition, “Art of Tennessee,” at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. He was also co-editor of the exhibition’s award-winning catalog, Art of Tennessee.

Hicks has been the driving force behind the preservation and restoration of the historic Carnton plantation in Tennessee, serving multiple times as president of its board. It was here that he stumbled upon the extraordinary role that Carrie McGavock, “the Widow of the South,” played during and after the Battle of Franklin. He has also served on the Boards of the Tennessee State Museum, The Williamson County Historical Society, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. He’s currently heading up Franklin’s Charge: A Vision and Campaign for the Preservation of Historic Open Space, the fight to secure and preserve both battlefield and other historic open space in Williamson County.

Robert Hicks Videos

  • Robert Hick's interview on CBS Sunday Morning Segment - YouTube
  • Robert Hicks - YouTube

Robert Hicks Books

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  • How to book Robert Hicks?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Robert Hicks for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Robert Hicks, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Robert Hicks or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Robert Hicks?

    Booking fees for Robert Hicks, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Robert Hicks, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Robert Hicks?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Robert Hicks for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Robert Hicks for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Robert Hicks or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Robert Hicks or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Robert Hicks is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Robert Hicks for your event is available upon request. Robert Hicks generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kim Stanley Robinson, Larry Levin, Ed Falco, Sebastian Faulks and Stephen Leeb. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Robert Hicks for an upcoming event.

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    Robert Hicks - YouTube

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