These novels tell the stories of three family tragedies obscured by regrets, lies, and denial, and the children left behind who are now looking for answers. But what happens when family secrets and buried truths are unearthed? Authors Chanelle Benz (The Gone Dead), Susan Bernhard (Winter Loon), and Chia-Chia Lin (The Unpassing) explore how private tragedies reverberate through small-town communities—the Mississippi Delta, small-town Minnesota, and the outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska—and how those communities try to protect or exploit the secrets of the past. Moderated by Meakin Armstrong, Guernica.
So excited to join the fine people of South Coast Almanac for a Walking Book Club. We’ll take in the beautiful setting of Betty’s Neck in Lakeville, Massachusetts, walk to Assowompset Pond, and talk about WINTER LOON. We’ll stop along the way for a little bit of reading, too. The event is free and sponsored by the Friends of Lakeville Library and by Partners Village Store in Westport. Be sure to register so we have an accurate count of who will be attending.
Join me, Louise Miller (CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, THE LATE BLOOMERS CLUB), and Whitney Scharer (AGE OF LIGHT) at Craft On Draft, presented by GrubStreet and the Novel Incubator alums as we discuss how we managed to untangle ourselves from the knots we tied in the middle of our novels. Happy Hour at 6pm, presentation at 7pm. Hope to see you there!
Thrilled to be reading with fellow debut authors Melissa Rivero (The Affairs of the Falcóns) and Stephanie Jimenez (They Could Have Named Her Anything). Free and open to the public! Come on out!
Writer Magazine proclaimed The Muse & The Marketplace the #1 Writing Conference in North America. I’ll be attending “The Muse” and also running a session Saturday on Sustaining First-Person Point of View in a Novel. Sign up and I’ll see you there!
Thursday, March 28
10:00am to 11:00am I’ll be signing WINTER LOON at the Debut Authors ‘19 Table T10045
12:00pm to 2:00pm So excited to be participating in the Women’s Caucus, Yes Yes Books, and Little A “Read and Mingle” with Tiana Clark, Tanya Olson, and Erika L. Sanchez hosted by my amazing editor Hafizah Geter and Melissa Studdard at Passages Bookstore, 1223 NE MLK, Portland OR 97232
Friday, March 29
12:00pm to 1:15pm Thrilled to be on the panel SMALL TOWN FICTION FROM FIVE POINTS OF VIEW with fellow novelists Emily Strelow (WILD BIRDS), Rebecca Clarren (KICKDOWN), Alexi Zentner (COPPERHEADS, THE LOBSTER KINGS, and TOUCH), and Michelle Hoover (THE QUICKENING and BOTTOMLAND). C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1 F191
7pm to 9:30pm Debut Authors ‘19 Reading (More details here.) Seriously psyched to read with an amazing group of debut authors, too many to mention here. I seriously think this is going to be a blast. Hope to see a great group there. Enso Winery, 1415 SE Stark Street, Portland OR 97214
Back on the road with James Charlesworth, author of THE PATRICIDE OF GEORGE BENJAMIN HILL and Katrin Schumann, author of THE FORGOTTEN HOURS. We’re talking absentee fathers, the pain they can leave in their wake, and the loyalty, conflict, and resentment that fueled the novels we’ve written.
I will be in conversation with Katrin Schumann, author of THE FORGOTTEN HOURS (Lake Union, February, 2019) and James Charlesworth, author of THE PATRICIDE OF GEORGE BENJAMIN HILL (Arcade, January 2019). We’ll be talking family dynamics, loyalty, betrayal, and other slippery stuff. More details and links to come!
Excited to be reading with James Charlesworth author of THE PATRICIDE OF GEORGE BENJAMIN HILL (Arcade, January 2019). https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/events/#january
Buttonwood Books will be transformed into a bistro complete with covered tables, flowers, and tables nestled among the books. Reservations and tickets are required and the price includes a light supper and adult beverages are available. I’ll be in conversation with Leonard Rosen, author of THE KORTELISY ESCAPE.
I’m so excited to celebrate the publication of my debut novel WINTER LOON! We’ll have snacks and beverages and enjoy the company of readers and writers. I’ll talk a little about the novel, take questions, and sign books. And I’ll do my level best not to burst into tears. Feel free to come to the store early, maybe do a little holiday shopping to support my favorite independent bookstore!! More information here: https://www.belmontbooks.com/event/winter-loon-book-launch