AUTHOR EVENT: AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL in conversation with ALEX MCDANIEL
Friday September 25 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
We are so excited to celebrate the release of Aimee Nezhukumatathil's WORLD OF WONDERS, which Ross Gay says "is as good and generous a teacher as one could ever ask for." Kiese Laymon writes "this book is about to shake the Earth," and in its starred review, Kirkus proclaims that "the writing dazzles with the marvel of being fully alive." Publishers Weekly notes that readers of Terry Tempest Williams and Annie Dillard will love Nezhukumatathil's "lyrical look at nature."
Aimee will be in conversation with Birmingham-based writer Alex McDaniel. The event is free but registration is required:
AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL is the author of four collections of poems, including, most recently, Oceanic, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Other awards for her writing include fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mississippi Arts Council, and MacDowell. Her writing appears in Poetry, the New York Times Magazine, ESPN, and Tin House. She serves as poetry faculty for the Writing Workshops in Greece and is professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.
ALEX MCDANIEL is a Birmingham-based writer, editor, and digital strategist with more than 10 years of experience in the journalism industry. An award-winning feature writer and columnist, Alex has spent most of her career covering sports, women's issues, race relations, and Southern culture. She is a long-suffering fan of her alma mater's football team at the University of Mississippi. She has a 7-year-old son who was once retweeted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, making him significantly more accomplished than she will ever be.
NEW & NOTABLE BOOK CLUB: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Sunday September 27 | 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Our book club discussion of HOMEGOING was so memorable--we're sure there will be much to say about Gyasi's long-awaited second novel. A week before its official publication date (9/1), the Washington Post has already called it "a book of blazing brilliance."
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AUTHOR EVENT: Connor Towne O'Neill in conversation with Irvin Weathersby
Thursday October 01 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
We are excited to celebrate the late September release of DOWN ALONG WITH THAT DEVIL'S BONES: RECKONING WITH MONUMENTS, MEMORY, AND THE LEGACY OF WHITE SUPREMACY, by Connor Towne O'Neill. Connor will be in conversation with Brooklyn-based writer and professor Irvin Weathersby. The event is free but registration is required.
Connor Towne O’Neill’s writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Slate, RBMA, and the Village Voice, and he works as a producer on the NPR podcast White Lies. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he lives in Auburn, Alabama, where he teaches at Auburn University and with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. This is his first book.
Irvin is a Brooklyn-based writer and professor from New Orleans. He has earned degrees from Morehouse College, Morgan State University, and The New School where he studied English Literature, Education, and Creative Writing respectively. Since 2003, he has been an educator in various capacities, first as a high school teacher in Baltimore and later as an adult educator in college and library settings. He currently is a full-time professor at Queensborough Community College where he teaches composition and creative writing. His memoir-in-essays titled In Open Contempt will be published by Viking/Penguin Random House. Irvin is most proud of his work in the reentry sector where he served as the education coordinator for a reentry program in the South Bronx and Harlem. Tasked with ensuring the educational attainment of formerly incarcerated youth aged 18-24, he helped participants earn GEDs, trade-school certifications, and college degrees.
Irvin’s writing reflects his passions which include music, literature, art, education, mass incarceration, gentrification, history, biography, and other themes. He has received funding and support from the Voices of our Nation Arts Foundation, the Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York Research Award, and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference where he was named the 2019 Bernard O’Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction.
PAPERBACK BOOK CLUB: Miss Jane by Brad Watson
Sunday October 11 | 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Join us via Zoom to discuss this favorite novel by the late, great Brad Watson.
Amy Grace Loyd, in her 2016 NYT Review, wrote: "[...] he has shown, as few writers have, how wildness, in us and in our environment, can be deliverance. In his newest novel, 'Miss Jane,' Watson’s facility with upending expectations and upsetting the lines between all sorts of categories — good and bad, normal and abnormal, pride and shame, love and hate — is at its keenest and applied most carefully."
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NEW & NOTABLE BOOK CLUB: Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
Sunday October 25 | 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Come grab your signed first edition (with bonus material! Only available from indie bookstores!) and get spooky with us & Moshfegh's latest novel, which Kevin Power of The New Yorker calls "a new kind of murder mystery...intricate and unsettling...a haunting meditation on the nature and meaning of art."
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AUTHOR EVENT: Casey Cep in conversation with Caleb Johnson
Thursday November 12 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
We are thrilled to celebrate the paperback release of Casey Cep's wildly popular and captivating FURIOUS HOURS: MURDER, FRAUD, AND THE LAST TRIAL OF HARPER LEE. Casey will be in conversation with friend of TYB/author of staff pick TREEBORNE, Caleb Johnson. The event is free, but registration is required:
Casey Cep is a staff writer at The New Yorker. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her family. Furious Hours is her first book. Learn more at www.caseycep.com
Caleb Johnson is the author of the novel Treeborne, which received an honorable mention for the Southern Book Prize. Caleb grew up in Alabama and currently teaches writing at Appalachian State University. His work can be found in The Bitter Southerner, The Carolina Quarterly, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere.