Books Sandwiched In for 2015-16

The Friends kicks off its monthly book discussions August 5 with The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.  This is the acclaimed true story of a group of young men on the rowing team of Washington University in competition for gold in the 1936 Olympics; it contains a great deal of 1930’s history. The team is made up of sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers and was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain.  Meeting room C, August 5, 11:30-12:30.  Bring a sandwich.

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Meet the Author Tea – Katy Simpson Smith and Jeremy Hawkins

Monday, August 17
Refreshments: 3:30    Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

We are pleased to present, not one, but two authors to kick off our 2015-16 Meet the Author Tea season.   They are Katy Simpson Smith and Jeremy Hawkins whose first novels have just been published. They asked if they could present at the same program – and so they shall.

Katy Simpson Smith is the author of The Story of Land and Sea, her debut novel. She has also written We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835, published in 2013

Thekaty Story of Land and Sea is an original and powerful story about love–that between a man and a woman, a father and his motherless daughter, a slave and her first born son—that  sneaks up on you, compelling you to its heart-breaking conclusion.  It is set in a small coastal town in North Carolina at the end of the American Revolution.  It follows three generations of family—fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave. These characters yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love. Drawn to the ocean, ten-year-old Tabitha wanders the marshes of her small coastal village and listens to her father’s stories about his pirate voyages and the mother she never knew.

In this elegant, evocative, and haunting debut, Katy Simpson Smith captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost, and the lonely paths we travel in the name of renewal.

Jeremy Hawkins’ debut novel, The Last Days of Video, describes in fictionalized form some of his experiences working at VizArt, the video store (now closed) in Carrboro. His book has been listed as an April 2015 Indie Next Great Reads selection and it received a starred review in Kirkus.

jeremyThe Last Days of Video is a quirky story of redemption for a loveable group of outcasts, and a love letter to the presence of movies in all of our lives. It’s set in 2007, video stores are dying. And people don’t care. They’ve got Netflix and Redbox and a DVR, so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs? Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn-down independent video store. .

Jeremy Hawkins holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington where he studied under Southern fiction writer Clyde Edgerton, who became his mentor. Jeremy has also published short stories in Pacifica Review, Diagram, Independent Ink Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail and other venues. He has edited novels, essays, non-fiction books and poetry collections. He also teaches creative writing at the Carrboro Arts Center

Jeremy lives in Chapel Hill and works at Flyleaf Books.