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‘Dance Band’ Author to Read From His Novel About Wake Forest in the 1950s

‘Dance Band’ Author to Read From His Novel About Wake Forest in the 1950s

You may remember reading about N.W. “Red” Pope’s novel earlier. Now he’s going to be in town on Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. He’ll be reading from his book “Dance Band from Deacontown“, a novelization of his experience as a drummer in a band which performed around town in the 1950s before Wake Forest College shipped out for Winston-Salem. The reading will take place at Storytellers Book Store in downtown Wake Forest, next to the train trestle, at 100 E. Roosevelt Ave.

‘Dance Band from Deacontown’ is A New Book About our Wake Forest in the 1950s

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‘Dance Band from Deacontown’ is A New Book About our Wake Forest in the 1950s

There’s a lot of history that goes along with the campus that used to be home to Wake Forest college. Much of it has to do with the Southern Baptist Convention, of course. But once in a while an odd tale or two finds its way out of someone’s memory and into public consumption.

That can be said for N.W. “Red” Pope, who attended the college in the 1950s, before it pulled up stakes for Winston-Salem. Pope and some friends formed a dance band called The Southerners, and they played all sorts of events around town during the Korean War era.

Pope has now put together a fictionalized account of that band and its adventures called The Dance Band from Deacontown. It’s a self-published book under his own imprint, Five Points Publishing, named for the well-known intersection in the Hayes Barton section of Raleigh where he grew up. The book’s Web site describes the story as:

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