The next author in the Reader Meet Writer, Southern Edition series is Katy Simpson Smith. She will be talking with us about her new book THE EVERLASTING and answering your questions.
“The Everlasting is, quite simply, a wonder: a mesmerizing quartet of stories rendered in lucid, accessible prose. This is a thrillingly modern narrative that, shifting effortlessly from voice to voice, feels like a good old-fashioned story, the story of a city, one of the world’s oldest, wildest, sexiest (and, incidentally, my favorite on earth): Rome.” —Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go
Here are the details you need:
Date: Wednesday, MAY 13, 2020
Time: 3 PM Central Daylight Time
Attendance is limited..
If you elect to attend, we will email you on Tuesday morning with the link to attend this virtual event, plus the link to purchase books (which you will also find below if you are ready to order now). Happy Reading!
Katy Simpson Smith received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835, and the novels The Story of Land and Sea and Free Men. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Oxford American, Granta, Literary Hub, Garden & Gun, Catapult, and Lenny. She lives in New Orleans, often appears at Octavia Books, and currently serves as the Eudora Welty Chair for Southern Literature at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
"Only Katy Simpson Smith could have written a novel of such elegance, emotional power, and grace. The Everlasting, a quadruple love story spanning two millennia, is no less than the story of love itself-its frustrations and thrills, its blunders and transcendent glories. Meraviglioso." -Nathaniel Rich
From the author of the highly acclaimed The Story of Land and Sea comes a captivating novel, set in the late eighteenth-century American South, that follows a singular group of companions—an escaped slave, a white orphan, and a Creek Indian—who are being tracked down for murder.
Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this incandescent debut novel follows three generations of family—fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love.
White, black, and Native American women in the early South often viewed motherhood as a composite of roles, ranging from teacher and nurse to farmer and politician. Within a multicultural landscape, mothers drew advice and consolation from female networks, broader intellec-tual currents, and an understanding of their own multifaceted identities to devise their own standards for child rearing.