Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Reading Event & Book Club Meeting!

Book Club discusses "Wifey" by Kiki Swinson.


Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Library
Welcome to the very small town of Chabot, Mississippi, where history is long and secrets run deep.  Two men, boyhood friends torn apart by social circumstances of the ‘70s, are thrust together once more when the daughter of a prominent businessman goes missing and a body is found in the woods. Eerily similar to an unsolved mystery from their past, Silas Jones and Larry Ott are set out on a path to discover if they are connected.  Suspenseful and lyrical without sacrificing emotional depth, Franklin’s new novel may have a Southern voice, but its themes of friendship, class, and race—are universal.
10% of all designated sales the evening of the event will be donated to the Milwaukee Public Library, who will have volunteers on hand to assist customers in signing up for, or renewing, library cards, and to answer any questions.  In addition, this kicks off the launch of the Katie Gingrass Gallery’s annual Fill-the-Shelves Tom Franklinevent where the Milwaukee Public Library puts out a request list of books that can be purchased and then donated to the library system.  After tonight’s event, many of the books will be available for purchase at the Katie Gingrass Gallery.
Author bio: Tom Franklin, author of Poachers: Stories, Hell at the Breech, and Smonk, has won numerous awards, including a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship. His novella, Poachers, was recently selected for inclusion in The Best American Noir of the Century.  Franklin teaches in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program and lives in Oxford, MS, with his wife, the poet Beth Ann Fennelly, and their children.


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