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New Orleans, Louisiana
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(corner of Laurel)
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Come meet author Lawrence Goldstone when he stops by Octavia Books Saturday, September 20, 2014, 3:30 P.M. to sign copies of his latest book, BIRDMEN: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtis, and the Battle to Control the Skies.
From award-winning writer Lawrence Goldstone comes a gripping narrative of the to-the-death rivalry between the Wright Brothers and Glenn Hammond Curtiss, and a fresh look at a formative era: the astounding and dangerous early days of flight.
A meticulously researched account of the first few hectic, tangled years of aviation and the curious characters who pursued it. . .In its power to evoke an age when flying meant terror and exhilaration, not cramped seating and bad food, Birdmen is a worthy companion to Richard Holmes's marvelous history of ballooning, FALLING UPWARDS." ~Lev Grossman, Time
Wilbur and Orville Wright are two of the greatest innovators in history, and together they solved the centuries-old riddle of powered, heavier-than-air flight. Glenn Hammond Curtiss was the most talented machinist of his day; he first became the fastest man alive when he perfected the motorcycle, then turned his eyes toward the skies to become the fastest man aloft. But between the Wrights and Curtiss bloomed a poisonous rivalry and a patent war so powerful that it shaped aviation in its early years and drove one of the three men to his grave. Birdmen is at once a thrilling ride through flight’s wild early years and a surprising look at the battle that defined an era of American innovation.
About the Author
LAWRENCE GOLDSTONE is the author or co-author of fourteen books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently Lefty: An American Odyssey. One of his novels won a New American Writing Award, another was a New York Times notable mystery. His work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Toronto Star, Salon, and Slate, among others. He lives on Long Island with his wife and daughter.
"[A] gripping debut mystery . . . . Rubin has created a convincing, if unsympathetic, examination of the Old South.” —Publishers Weekly
Please join us in welcoming Michael Rubin, author of THE COTTONCREST CURSE, on Tuesday, September 23, 6:00 P.M.
The bodies of an elderly colonel and his comely young wife are discovered on the staircase of their stately plantation home, their blood still dripping down the wooden balustrades. Within the sheltered walls of Cottoncrest, Augustine and Rebecca Chastaine have met their deaths under the same shroud of mystery that befell the former owner, who had committed suicide at the end of the Civil War. Locals whisper about the curse of Cottoncrest Plantation, an otherworldly force that has now taken three lives. But Sheriff Raifer Jackson knows that even a specter needs a mortal accomplice, and after investigating the crime scene, he concludes that the apparent murder/suicide is a double homicide, with local peddler Jake Gold as the prime suspect.
Assisted by his overzealous deputy, a grizzled Civil War physician, and the racist Knights of the White Camellia, the Sheriff directs a manhunt for Jake through a village of former slaves, the swamps of Cajun country, and the bordellos of New Orleans. But Jake’s chameleon-like abilities enable him to elude his pursuers. As a peddler who has built relationships by trading fabric, needles, dry goods, and especially razor-sharp knives in exchange for fur, Jake knows the back roads of the small towns that dot the Mississippi River Delta. Additionally, his uncanny talent for languages allows him to pose as just another local, hiding his true identity as an immigrant Jew who fled Czarist -Russia.
Michael H. Rubin’s The Cottoncrest Curse takes readers on the bold journey of Jake’s flight within an epic sweep of treachery and family rivalry ranging from the Civil War to the civil rights era, as the impact of the 1893 murders ripples through the twentieth century and violence besets the owners of Cottoncrest into the 1960s.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael H. Rubin practices law and is a former professional jazz pianist. He is also an adjunct law professor and nationally known legal ethicist and humorist who has given over 375 major presentations throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
On Monday, September 29, 2014, 6-7 CST, Octavia Books will be moderating a Tweetchat discussion for One Book One New Orleans's selection this year, UNFATHOMABLE CITY: A New Orleans Atlas. We will be adding the authors/contributors in virtual attendance to this site in coming days. You will need to have a Twitter account, and you can either follow the hashtag #obono14 or go to Tweetchat to follow along there.
Please come with questions. We hope to have some answers! Thus far, Rebecca Snedeker and Maurice Ruffin have confirmed they will participate.