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Edwidge Danticat, Claire of the Sea Light
Thursday, December 5, 2013
From the best-selling author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak!, a work of about the intertwined lives of a small town where a little girl, Claire has gone missing. As her father and others look for her, painful secrets and startling truths are unearthed among a host of men and women whose stories connect to Claire, her parents, and the town itself. Told with lyricism and economy, Claire of the Sea Light explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend amid the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life.
Edwidge Danticat is the author of Brother, I'm Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, winner of the inaugural Story Prize.
David O’Connell, The Art and Life of Atlanta Artist Wilbur G. Kurtz
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Nationally renowned Georgia artist and historian Wilbur G. Kurtz launched his career by founding the Pen and Brush Club of Atlanta in 1913. He was personally selected by Margaret Mitchell to serve as technical advisor and artistic director for Gone With the Wind. A co-founder of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta, Kurtz supervised the placement of more than four hundred historical markers in northeast Georgia. Decades after his passing in 1967, Kurtz’s legacy lives on through his murals and historic paintings on display in public buildings and private art collections throughout Atlanta and the South.
Deborah Johnson, The Secret of Magic
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Like millions of returning World War II veterans, Lt. Joe Howard Wilson wants just one thing: to get back to his hometown as quickly as possible. But as a black man, he is a second-class citizen in the country he nearly died defending. In the South, that means he can be pulled off a bus for refusing to give up his seat and beaten to death by white men, with no consequences for the killers. Until, that is, a young, female, African-American lawyer takes on his case, determined to win justice for Joe Howard and those who love him. In The Secret of Magic prize-winning author Deborah Johnson tells an enthralling, inspiring, and important story of the postwar American South.
Deborah Johnson’s first novel, The Air Between Us, received the Mississippi Library Association Award for fiction. She lived for nearly two decades in Rome, Italy, where she worked as a translator and an editor, as well as at Vatican Radio. After returning to the United States, she became executive director of a small charitable foundation in the South. She now lives and writes in Columbus, Mississippi.
Kelly Corrigan, Glitter and Glue: A Memoir
Thursday, February 13, 2014
When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” This meant nothing to Kelly, who left childhood sure that her mom—with her inviolable commandments and proud stoicism—would be nothing more than background chatter for the rest of Kelly’s life. After college, armed with a backpack, her personal mission statement, and a wad of traveler’s checks, she took off for Australia to see things and do things and become interesting.
But it didn’t turn out the way she pictured it. In a matter of months, her fanny pack full of savings had dwindled and she realized she needed a job. That’s how Kelly met John Tanner, a newly widowed father of two looking for a live-in nanny. They chatted for an hour, discussed timing and pay, and a week later, Kelly moved in. And there, in that house in a suburb north of Sydney, her mother’s voice was suddenly everywhere, nudging and advising, cautioning and directing, escorting her through a terrain as foreign as any she had ever trekked.
Kelly Corrigan is the author of The Middle Place and Lift, both New York Times bestsellers. She is also a contributor to O: The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Medium. Her YouTube channel, which includes video essays like “Transcending” and interviews with writers like Michael Lewis and Anna Quindlen, has been viewed by millions. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Edward Lichty, their two daughters, and a poorly behaved chocolate lab, Hershey.
Nancy Horan, Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Offering a fresh twist on the historical fiction genre and forever changing our view of the author of such classics as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Horan evocatively re-creates the passionate and powerful love story of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his intrepid American wife Fanny Van de Grift Osborne, a divorcee ten years his senior and an artist in her own right who played a key role in his career.
This is Nancy Horan’s second novel. Her debut novel, Loving Frank was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and became a New York Times bestseller with over a million copies in print. Horan has two sons and lives with her husband on an island in Puget Sound.
Karen Russell, Vampires in the Lemon Groves and Other Stories
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Fresh from the success of her instant New York Times bestseller Swamplandia!, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Karen Russell brings us a new collection of stories that showcase her unique imagination and inimitable gifts. A community of girls held captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies. A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull's nest. A family's hunger for land to call their own in the American West creates a monster. And in the collection's marvelous title story--an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love--two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.
Karen Russell, a native of Miami, won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She lives in Philadelphia.
Amy Greene, Long Man
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
From the critically acclaimed author of Bloodroot, a gripping, wondrously evocative novel drawn from real-life historical events: the story of three days in the summer of 1936, as a government-built dam is about to flood an Appalachian town--and a little girl goes missing.
A river called Long Man has coursed through East Tennessee from time immemorial, bringing sustenance to the people who farm along its banks and who trade between its small towns. But as Long Man opens, the Tennessee Valley Authority's plans to dam the river and flood the town of Yuneetah for the sake of progress--to bring electricity and jobs to the hardscrabble region--are about to take effect. Just one day remains before the river will rise, and most of the town has been evacuated. Among the holdouts is a young mother whose daughter has gone missing. Has she simply wandered off into the rain? Or has she been taken by Amos, the mysterious drifter who has come back to town, perhaps to save it in a last, desperate act of violence?
Amy Greene is the author of the national best seller Bloodroot. She was born and raised in the foothills of East Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, where she lives with her husband and two children.