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Why Serious Men Write Novels

April 5, 2021

American Academy of Distance Learning will conduct a discussion on April 13 with serious men who write novels. I will introduce each this week and today I introduce John Hood.

John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based Grantmaker that supports public policy organizations, educational institutions, arts and cultural programs, and humanitarian relief in North Carolina and beyond.

I first met Mr. Hood when Tom Ellis arranged for me to speak to the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank Hood helped found in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 to 2014.

Hood is co-chair of the North Carolina Leadership Forum, based at Duke University and will be given the opportunity to speak first on April 13 because he is going to teach a class of students at Duke shortly after our discussion begins.

In North Carolina, the name of Tom Ellis, John Locke and John Hood mean something serious, so its important that those unfortunate to have lived elsewhere than North Carolina understand that, among his many books, John Hood has written a new novel Mountain Folk, a historical fantasy set during the American Revolution (Defiance Press, 2021).   

Mountain Folk, a historical-fantasy novel is similar to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, J.R. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and earlier adventure tales such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and Kidnapped.

Mr. Hood says that Mountain Folk “transports us to a new and exciting world. It paints that world with wondrous hues. It fires our imagination.”

“As Tolkien once wrote, ‘I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home?’”

Hood wrote Mountain Folk to “help readers of all ages and backgrounds find a new appreciation for the story of America.”

Hood laments that “only one in three of us could pass a U.S. citizenship test. Just 40% of Americans know what countries we fought against in World War II. Fewer than a quarter know why Americans declared their independence from the British empire . . . half of Americans lack a basic understanding of historical chronology, believing that either the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, or the War of 1812 happened before the American Revolution!”

Mountain Folk by John Hood

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