Michael Farris Smith @ Oxford Conference for the Book
Mar
31
1:30 pm13:30

Michael Farris Smith @ Oxford Conference for the Book

  • Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

Michael Farris Smith is the author of Desperation RoadThe Fighter (forthcoming, 2018), and Rivers. He is the recipient of the MLA's Mississippi Author Award for Fiction and the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction. Rivers was named to numerous Best of the Year lists and his short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Mississippi with his wife and daughters.

Keith Donnelly @ Barnes & Noble in Murray, UT
Apr
1
12:00 pm12:00

Keith Donnelly @ Barnes & Noble in Murray, UT

  • Barnes & Noble

Keith Donnelly grew up in East Tennessee. A graduate of Science Hill High School in Johnson City, he attended East Tennessee State University, earning a B.S. in economics. Soon after graduation, he found himself in the world of publishing as a book manufacturing sales representative in New York City. Now retired, Donnelly and his wife, Tessa, live in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Three Deadly Drops is the fourth installment in the Donald Youngblood Mystery series, followingThree Deuces DownThree Days Dead, and Three Devils Dancing. Donnelly is currently working on a fifth Donald Youngblood mystery.

The father of four children who have all left the nest, Keith lives with his wife Tessa in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

James Gindlesperger @ Barnes & Noble in Alexandria, VA
Apr
1
2:00 pm14:00

James Gindlesperger @ Barnes & Noble in Alexandria, VA

  • Barnes & Noble

Originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Gindlesperger graduated from Ferndale High School and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963. He worked for an atomic energy plant, United States Steel, and a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel where he rose to Plant Superintendent. He later accepted a position in the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Carnegie Mellon University and retired after twenty-two years in 2014.

Gindlesperger is a member of the Friends of Gettysburg Foundation, the Civil War Trust, the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Friends of Flight 93, Johnstown Area Heritage Association, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He presents lectures on the Civil War to non-profit groups throughout the East and has collaborated on Civil War projects with National Geographic, NASA, among other organizations. Gindlesperger and his wife live in Johnstown, PA with their two rescue dogs.

James Gindlesperger @ Barnes & Noble in McLean, VA
Apr
1
6:00 pm18:00

James Gindlesperger @ Barnes & Noble in McLean, VA

  • Barnes & Noble

Originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Gindlesperger graduated from Ferndale High School and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963. He worked for an atomic energy plant, United States Steel, and a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel where he rose to Plant Superintendent. He later accepted a position in the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Carnegie Mellon University and retired after twenty-two years in 2014.

Gindlesperger is a member of the Friends of Gettysburg Foundation, the Civil War Trust, the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Friends of Flight 93, Johnstown Area Heritage Association, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He presents lectures on the Civil War to non-profit groups throughout the East and has collaborated on Civil War projects with National Geographic, NASA, among other organizations. Gindlesperger and his wife live in Johnstown, PA with their two rescue dogs.

Ashley Jones in Coral Gables, FL @ Singing in the Dark Times: Poetry & Social Justice at the Bandshell
Apr
1
6:00 pm18:00

Ashley Jones in Coral Gables, FL @ Singing in the Dark Times: Poetry & Social Justice at the Bandshell

  • Miami Beach Bandshell

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA from Florida International University. She was a finalist in Hub City Press’ New Southern Voices Contest, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Contest, and the National Poetry Series. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets, pluck!, PMSPoemMemoirStory, Prelude, Kinfolks Quarterly, and other journals. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She is an editor of [PANK] Magazine, and she teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Hannah Palmer @ Savannah College of Art and Design in Savvanah, GA
Apr
5
4:00 pm16:00

Hannah Palmer @ Savannah College of Art and Design in Savvanah, GA

  • SCAD

Hannah Palmer works as an urban designer in Atlanta. Her writing explores the intersection of southern stories and urban landscapes, and has appeared on CNN.com, Art Papers, Creative Loafing, and in masterplans for urban design projects around the world. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Sewanee: The University of the South and now lives near the Atlanta Airport with her husband and sons.

Hannah Parker @ E. Shaver Books in Savannah, GA
Apr
8
4:00 pm16:00

Hannah Parker @ E. Shaver Books in Savannah, GA

  • E. Shaver Books

Hannah Palmer works as an urban designer in Atlanta. Her writing explores the intersection of southern stories and urban landscapes, and has appeared on CNN.com, Art Papers, Creative Loafing, and in masterplans for urban design projects around the world. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Sewanee: The University of the South and now lives near the Atlanta Airport with her husband and sons.

Vicki Covington -- Homewood AL at The Alabama Booksmith
Apr
20
5:00 pm17:00

Vicki Covington -- Homewood AL at The Alabama Booksmith

  • The Alabama Booksmith

Vicki Covington was born and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Her previous work includes the novels Gathering Home, Bird of Paradise, Night Ride Home, and The Last Hotel for Women, and the memoir Cleaving: The Story of a Marriage with Dennis Covington. She wrote a column for the Oxford American and has also written for The New Yorker. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council for the Arts, she now resides in Lubbock, Texas.

Frye Gaillard @ Troy St. University Montgomery
Apr
22
10:30 am10:30

Frye Gaillard @ Troy St. University Montgomery

  • Alabama Book Festival

Frye Gaillard is writer in residence at the University of South Alabama and author of more than twenty books, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, which won the Lillian Smith Award for non-fiction, and Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music. Gaillard has also received the Clarence Cason Award for Non-Fiction and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year Award. He lives just south of Mobile, Alabama, with his wife, Nancy.

Ashley Jones @ Lawrence University Bookstore
Apr
27
1:00 pm13:00

Ashley Jones @ Lawrence University Bookstore

  • Lawrence University Bookstore

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA from Florida International University. She was a finalist in Hub City Press’ New Southern Voices Contest, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Contest, and the National Poetry Series. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets, pluck!, PMSPoemMemoirStory, Prelude, Kinfolks Quarterly, and other journals. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She is an editor of [PANK] Magazine, and she teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.


Ashley Jones in Athens Ga. @ Avid Bookshop
Mar
28
6:30 pm18:30

Ashley Jones in Athens Ga. @ Avid Bookshop

  • Avid Bookshop

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA from Florida International University. She was a finalist in Hub City Press’ New Southern Voices Contest, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Contest, and the National Poetry Series. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets, pluck!, PMSPoemMemoirStory, Prelude, Kinfolks Quarterly, and other journals. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She is an editor of [PANK] Magazine, and she teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Ashley Jones in Decatur, GA @ Georgia Center for the Book
Mar
27
7:15 pm19:15

Ashley Jones in Decatur, GA @ Georgia Center for the Book

  • Decatur Library - Auditorium

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA from Florida International University. She was a finalist in Hub City Press’ New Southern Voices Contest, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Contest, and the National Poetry Series. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets, pluck!, PMSPoemMemoirStory, Prelude, Kinfolks Quarterly, and other journals. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She is an editor of [PANK] Magazine, and she teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Sybil Morial in Atlanta @ the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
Mar
27
7:00 pm19:00

Sybil Morial in Atlanta @ the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

  • Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

The daughter of a well-respected physician in New Orleans, Sybil grew up in a middle-class, integrated neighborhood in New Orleans during the 1940s and 50s. After graduating from Boston University, where she met fellow student Martin Luther King Jr., Sybil became the first African American to teach in the Newton, Massachusetts, public-school system.

Upon returning to New Orleans, Sybil participated in some of the first tests for integration attempting to enroll at both Tulane and Loyola. In 1962, she was the lone plaintiff in a successful challenge to a statute prohibiting public-school teachers from being involved in any organization advocating civil rights. She also formed the Louisiana League of Good Government to help African-American citizens register to vote.

By necessity and choice, Sybil, her late husband, Ernest “Dutch” Morial, and their five children became legal, then political activists. After serving in the Louisiana state legislature as the first African American, her husband became the first black mayor of New Orleans in 1974. In 1994, Sybil’s oldest son, Marc, who is now president of the National Urban League, would also begin two terms as mayor.

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Clare Beams @ 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in NYC
Mar
26
7:00 pm19:00

Clare Beams @ 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in NYC

  • The Red Room at KGB

Sunday, March, 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm EDT – 10:00 pm EDT

Join PEN America and KGB’s Sunday Night Fiction Series for an evening of drinks, readings, and celebration, featuring the five finalists for the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Each of these debut fiction writers will read excerpts from their nominated works, chosen by judges Jami Attenberg, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Randall Kenan, Hanna Pylväinen, and Akhil Sharma.

Rion Amilcar Scott for Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky)
Clare Beams for We Show What We Have Learned (Lookout Books/UNC Wilmington)
Brit Bennett* for The Mothers (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)
Yaa Gyasi for Homegoing (Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House)
Cote Smith for Hurt People (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux) 

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are strongly encouraged due to limited space. Click here to RSVP.

The winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize will be announced the following day at the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony hosted by Aasif Mandvi at 6:30 pm at The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium in NYC.

Copies of each of the finalists’ books will be available for purchase, courtesy of WORD Bookstores.

Michael Farris Smith @ The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival
Mar
26
1:00 pm13:00

Michael Farris Smith @ The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival

  • Hotel Monteleone -- Queen Anne Ballroom

Michael Farris Smith is the author of Desperation RoadThe Fighter (forthcoming, 2018), and Rivers. He is the recipient of the MLA's Mississippi Author Award for Fiction and the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction. Rivers was named to numerous Best of the Year lists and his short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Mississippi with his wife and daughters.

Frye Gaillard @ Venice Book Fair & Writers Festival in Venice, FL
Mar
25
1:00 pm13:00

Frye Gaillard @ Venice Book Fair & Writers Festival in Venice, FL

  • Centennial Park

Frye Gaillard is writer in residence at the University of South Alabama and author of more than twenty books, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, which won the Lillian Smith Award for non-fiction, and Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music. Gaillard has also received the Clarence Cason Award for Non-Fiction and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year Award. He lives just south of Mobile, Alabama, with his wife, Nancy.

Clare Beams @ Virginia Festival of the Book
Mar
24
7:00 pm19:00

Clare Beams @ Virginia Festival of the Book

  • The Bridge PAI

We Show What We Have Learned & other stories

Joyce Carol Oates calls debut author Clare Beams “wickedly sharp-eyed, wholly unpredictable . . . a female/feminist voice for the twenty-first century.”

The literary, historic, and fantastic collide in these wise and exquisitely unsettling stories. From bewildering assemblies in school auditoriums to the murky waters of a Depression-era health resort, Beams’s landscapes are tinged with otherworldliness, and her characters’ desires stretch the limits of reality. Ingénues at a boarding school bind themselves to their headmaster’s vision of perfection; a nineteenth-century landscape architect embarks on his first major project, but finds the terrain of class and power intractable; a bride glimpses her husband’s past when she wears his World War II parachute as a gown; and a teacher comes undone in front of her astonished fifth graders.

As they capture the strangeness of being human, the stories in We Show What We Have Learned reveal Clare Beams’s rare and capacious imagination—and yet they are grounded in emotional complexity, illuminating the ways we attempt to transform ourselves, our surroundings, and each other.

Julia Franks @ Virginia Festival of the Book
Mar
24
2:00 pm14:00

Julia Franks @ Virginia Festival of the Book

  • Central JMRL Library

Julia Franks has roots in the Appalachian Mountains and has spent years kayaking the rivers and creeks of Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she teaches and runs Loose Canon, a web service fostering free-choice reading in the classroom.

Macon Brock and Earl Swift @ Virginia Festival of the Book
Mar
23
4:00 pm16:00

Macon Brock and Earl Swift @ Virginia Festival of the Book

  • UVa Bookstore

A former Marine Corps captain and Naval Intelligence officer, Macon Brock cofounded Dollar Tree in 1986. He served as CEO from 1993 to 2003 and continues today as chairman of the board of directors.

Earl Swift is a residential fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia and the author of five previous books.

 

J.K. Daniels @ Virginia Festival of the Book
Mar
23
12:00 pm12:00

J.K. Daniels @ Virginia Festival of the Book

  • Virginia Festival of the Book @ CitySpace

J.K. Daniels’ first book, Wedding Pulls, was selected by C.D. Wright for the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize. A graduate of George Mason University’s MFA program, she teaches creative writing at Northern Virginia Community College. Her work appears at Queer SouthBest New Poets, and elsewhere.

Macon Brock and Earl Swift @ Longwood University
Mar
22
3:30 pm15:30

Macon Brock and Earl Swift @ Longwood University

  • Longwood University - Greenwood Library atrium

A former Marine Corps captain and Naval Intelligence officer, Macon Brock cofounded Dollar Tree in 1986. He served as CEO from 1993 to 2003 and continues today as chairman of the board of directors.

Earl Swift is a residential fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia and the author of five previous books.