Thursday, February 15, 2018, Room B
Refreshments at 3:30, Presentation at 4.
Free and open to the public.
The Friends of Chapel Hill Library are pleased to welcome Charlie Lovett back for an encore appearance at Meet the Author. His latest novel published in 2017, The Lost Book of the Grail is a mystery, a history, a love story which has been called a pure pleasure for book. lovers. Set in an English cathedral library, and reaching through centuries of English history, it tells the story of bibliophile and Holy Grail enthusiast Arthur Prescott as he works to uncover a centuries-old secret about the cathedral’s history. While editing that book, Charlie Lovett also wrote the first draft of a middle grades book, The Book of the Seven Spells.
Charlie Lovett grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. He is a graduate of Davidson College in NC, he worked in the antiquarian book business from 1984 through the 1990s. While working on his MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 1997, he researched and wrote Love, Ruth, a book about his mother who died when he was two years old. Maya Angelou called the book “tender, sensitive, and true.”
Since then, Charlie Lovett has published eleven books of non-fiction including works on Lewis Carroll and book collecting, and at least six novels. He began writing plays for elementary schools in 2001 and more than fourteen of them have been published. They are extremely popular and have been seen in over 3000 productions in all fifty states and more than 20 foreign countries. For more than a decade he was Writer-in-Residence at Summit School in Winston-Salem.
Charlie Lovett is also a book collector, and has a large and growing collection of rare and not so rare books and artifacts connected to Lewis Carroll and his world. He recently acquired Lewis Carroll’s own 1888 typewriter. He has served as the president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and as editor of the London based Lewis Carroll Review. He has lectured on Lewis Carroll in the US and Europe at places such as the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, UCLA, and Oxford University.
Along the way he and his family traveled to the village of Kingham, Oxfordshire in England. They returned there many times and eventually purchased the cottage they had first rented in 1997. He now spends six to eight weeks every year in Kingham visiting the English countryside and old country homes, a background that he incorporates into many of his novels.
In addition to writing novels, Charlie Lovett also produces The Bookman’s Blog, the podcast Inside the Writer’s Studio and is president of the board of directors of Bookmarks, Winston-Salem’s literary non-profit which just opened a new book store that he describes as a gathering space to form community around the literary arts.