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Victoria Wilcox, Inheritance
Saturday, June 1, 2013
The name Doc Holliday conjures images of the Wild West and the shootout at the O.K. Corral, but before he was a Western legend he was a Southern son, born in the last days of the Old South with family links to Gone With the Wind. Now his story is told for the first time in a trilogy of novels, Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday.
The story begins with Inheritance, set during the turbulent times of the American Civil War, as young John Henry Holliday welcomes home his heroic father and learns a terrible secret about his beloved mother. His only confidant is his cousin Mattie Holliday, the childhood sweetheart who shares his memories of plantation life and better days before the war. But Mattie is not around to comfort him when tragedy strikes and John Henry’s young hero-worship turns to bitter anger.
Victoria Wilcox is founding director of the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum, the antebellum house of the family of John Henry "Doc" Holliday. Her work with the house uncovered a link between Doc Holliday and the real people behind Gone With the Wind. Wilcox’s eighteen years of research then led to the writing of Southern Son. A member of the Western Writers of America, her writing on the Old South and the Wild West has been featured in publications such as True West and North Georgia Journal.
Dorothea Benton Frank, The Last Original Wife
Monday, June 24, 2013
Dorothea Benton Frank dissects a successful marriage in a tale of wit, charm, and Southern atmosphere. Leslie Carter is the last original wife among her husband’s group of cronies. They have all traded in their first wives for younger, blonde, and more enhanced models. Leslie is proud of the longevity of her marriage, until she is golfing with her husband and slips into a manhole … and nobody realizes she is gone. Recognizing the sham of her life, Leslie sets out reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.
Frank is the New York Times-bestselling author Sullivan’s Island; Plantation; Isle of Folly Beach; and Porch Lights. She is an avid cook, enjoys fly fishing, reading and travel, and is a frequent speaker on the creative process for students of all ages. She divides her time between the South Carolina Lowcountry and New Jersey.
Karin Slaughter, Unseen
Monday, July 8, 2013
Karin Slaughter’s latest thriller, Unseen, pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between courage and evil. Bill Black is a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley and trails an air of violence. In Macon, Georgia, Black catches the eye of a drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Black might be a useful ally – unaware that he is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent. Black is fighting his own demons, cut off from the support of the woman he loves, who cannot be told of the risk he is taking.
Karin Slaughter is the No. 1 internationally best-selling author of several novels, including the Grant County series. A long-time resident of Atlanta, she splits her time between the kitchen and the living room.
Mary Louise Kelly, Anonymous Sources
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Thom Carlyle had it all: trophies, Oxbridge education, and glamorous girlfriend. But on a glorious summer evening in Harvard Square, he is murdered. The New England Chronicle sends a beautiful, feisty, but troubled reporter named Alexandra James to investigate the story of a lifetime. But it is not what it seems – James’ reporting takes her abroad, to the cobbled courtyards of Cambridge, England, the inside of a network of nuclear terrorists, the corridors of the CIA, and, finally, to the terrorists’ target itself.
Mary Louise Kelly spent two decades traveling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC. A Georgia native, she worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She currently serves as a host for NPR programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
“You Should be Kissed - and Often”: What’s in a Kiss? America’s top Romance Authors Discuss the Enduring Passion for Sweeping Love Stories
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Gone With the Wind is one of the most popular books of all time and the love story between its main characters, Rhett and Scarlett, is one of the most enduring love stories. Hear from six of the most popular Romance authors working in the genre today as they discuss their work. Panelists are Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Eloisa James, Sarah Maclean, Cathy Maxwell, Rachel Gibson, and Kerrelyn Sparks.
Allan Gurganus, Local Souls: Novellas
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Allan Gurganus’ first book in a decade, Local Souls, returns to Falls, North Carolina, mythic site of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. With three linked novellas, he charts adultery, obsession, and incest in our New South. Gurganus finds new pathos in old tensions between marriage and eros, with gigantic hopes battling small-town conventions. Told with brio and sympathy, Local Souls is a universal work about a village. Its black comedy creates affection for its characters and an aching aftermath of human consequences.
Allan Gurganus, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, has written four other works of fiction, whose adaptations have earned him four Emmys. Gurganus lives in North Carolina.
Edwidge Danticat, Claire of the Sea Light
Thursday, November 7, 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.