Searching for Virginia Dare: A Fool’s Errand
by Marjorie Hudson
Now in Paperback!

A spellbinding journey into the back roads of landscape and memory... an invitation into a deeper understanding of America and ourselves.

Includes Reader’s Group Guide
A selection of the WHQR-Wilmington Star-News Book Club
Marjorie Hudson has won a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Writers Residency at Headlands Center for the Arts. Two residencies are awarded each year in North Carolina, one for a visual artist, one for a writer, on the basis of merit.

The Headlands Center is a rustic artists colony in the Marin Headlands overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Visual artists, composers, and writers visit from the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America and live and work together for a period of months. Hudson will be in residency in June and July of 2005. She plans to work on a creative nonfiction memoir about her father’s life as a conscientious objector working in the fire camps of California and Oregon.

Hudson has also recently been nominated by the editorial board of West Branch magazine for a prestigious Pushcart Prize for “Self-Portrait in Camouflage,” the story of a young woman artist struggling with HIV.

Workshop News

Writers Workshop and Retreat
With Marjorie Hudson at the beautiful Rosemary House B&B in Pittsboro January 28-30 Friday Evening -Sunday Noon $165
Open Writing: Fiction and Memoir

Enjoy the luxury of writing time, the pleasure of writing exercises designed for small groups, the excitement of new insights into the writing craft, and the camaraderie of writers, all in the cozy familiarity of Pittsboro’s Rosemary House. Fee includes light supper Friday and lunch Saturday. Writers may bring up to 10 pages for critique; we will generate up to 30 pages of new material!

Overnight accommodations available at the Rosemary House Bed & Breakfast.
Workshop members get a 15% discount on room reservations. Deadline for Signups: January 15.

To register for workshop: Call (888) 643-2017 or email For more details, check the website.

Search for Virginia Dare!

The author places “free books” in remote locations and coffeehouses for readers to discover. Each contains a personal note and her email address or BookCrossing code for response by readers.

Readers contact the author with comments and drop the book in another “far off” location. Let’s see how far “Virginia Dare” gets!

You can release the book yourself by purchasing and placing with your own note and email address. Let me know what happens!

Past releases and sightings:
August 2002 : Java Books, Ocracoke Island, NC
Sighted : at Haleakela Crater National Park, Hawaii




Searching For Virginia Dare: A Fool’s Errand
“Hudson ultimately argues that the mystery and loss surrounding Virginia Dare represent a quintessential American story.’”

- Publishers Weekly

“As fascinating as a detective story. . . . An absorbing, intelligent consideration of national and personal identity, beautifully written.”
-Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls

“It’s like a road trip with your best friend…She leads the reader
 to the bigger picture: what becomes of us at the damning intersection of history and time. ”

-Wendy Spitzer, The Writers Network News
“Battered by life but strengthened by family, Marjorie Hudson became the researcher and writer that fills these pages with her vivid prose….Good book.”
-Ken Gruebel, New Bern Sun Journal
“Hudson does a wonderful job of turning what for most has been a staid history lesson into an entertaining and informative read.”
-George Olsen, Public Radio East
What Bookstores are Saying:

“Hudson brings the colonists to life in a wise and intelligent way.”
-Gee Gee Rosell, Buxton Books

“Incredible insight…the true fate of a young infant whose story serves as a metaphor for our collective history as a country.”

-The Regulator Bookshop

“A fabulous read...this book should be on your shelves this summer.”
-Keebe Fitch, McIntyre's Fine Books

“Her serendipitous journey makes good reading…this is an appealing book.”
-Marcie Carroll, Rocking Chair Bookstore

“An appealing and unusual combination of history, speculation, and personal memoir.”
-City Lights Bookstore

Recent book releases:
March 2004 : Glenorchy, New Zealand
May 2003 : Starbucks, Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ
May 2003 : American Airlines flight, New York/JFK to Paris/DeGaulle
Recent Lost Colony Sighting:
at Dave’s Foxhead Tavern in Iowa City, Iowa, over the toilet in the men’s room, graffiti: “Gone to Croatoan.”

Send the author a message, a sighting, or a review.



This project is made possible by an Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.