New Local Book About an Old Scandal Wins National Award

To listen to our interview with Suzy Barile, scroll down under Non-Fiction One-of-a-Kinds under the Carrboro Book Beat Podcasts heading on the right side of the page.

Hillsborough, North Carolina….Eno Publishers announces that its book, Undaunted Heart: the True Story of a Southern Belle & a Yankee General, by Suzy Barile, has received a Silver IPPY Award for Best Regional Non-Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

The book tells the story of Ella Swain—daughter of University of North Carolina president David Swain, who had also served two terms as North Carolina Governor. At the end of the Civil War, Ella Swain fell in love with and married Union General Smith Atkins, whose troops occupied Chapel Hill. Their union was the source of much controversy for many years. Suzy Barile, a descendent of Ella and Smith Atkins, separates fact from lore, drawing on Ella’s never-before-published letters that reveal the difficult challenges of post Civil War life within a marriage that transcended outrage and scandal.

Ms. Barile, a former newspaper reporter and editor, teaches English and Journalism at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC. She is a regular speaker around the state about her family’s history.

“Eno is proud to be the publisher of Undaunted Heart,” comments Eno executive director Elizabeth Woodman. “Suzy Barile’s fascinating story offers us insight into the aftermath of a bitterly fought war and one family’s hope and struggles.”

This award-winning book was published in Fall 2009 and was the second issue from Eno Publishers, the Hillsborough-based, nonprofit company dedicated to publishing books about the culture and history of the Carolinas and the South. For more information, visit or contact


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