CONNECTING READERS WITH THE AUTHORS WE LOVE...
The Reader Meet Writer Author Series features bestselling authors and fresh new voices, fiction, and nonfiction titles in an engaging and accessible format. In these changing times, you don't have to sacrifice your love of literature because these virtual events bring author right into your home!
The series was created and is facilitated by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) in partnership with Writer's Block Bookstore and other indie booksellers as a way to connect authors and readers in a way where we can safely and comfortably gather. Each Reader Meet Writer event is fully moderated and hosted, with plenty of time for author Q & A. Plus, all events are recorded and available to stream at SIBA's Reader Meet Writer TV YouTube channel.
August 13 at 7:00 p.m. EST
A New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction
A brilliant, haunting, and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina.
The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser-known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the “Big Easy” of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power
August 18 at 3:00 p.m. EST
“A fascinating debunking of racial pseudoscience. . . Engaging and enlightening.” —The Guardian
Racism thrives on our not knowing this.
Racist pseudoscience has become so commonplace that it can be hard to spot. But its toxic effects on society are plain to see—feeding nationalism, fueling hatred, endangering lives, and corroding our discourse on everything from sports to intelligence. Even well-intentioned people repeat stereotypes based on “science,” because cutting-edge genetics are hard to grasp—and all too easy to distort. Paradoxically, these misconceptions are multiplying even as scientists make unprecedented discoveries in human genetics—findings that, when accurately understood, are powerful evidence against racism. We’ve never had clearer answers about who we are and where we come from, but this knowledge is sorely needed in our casual conversations about race.
August 27 at 7:00 p.m. EST
"A plot-perfect page-turner… Adams has hit the sweet spot, mastering a literary tone with commercial pacing … a screen-worthy winner and a book club bullseye." —Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY
Her desperate decision during World War II changed everything. Now, 70 years later, her secret is unraveling. At ninety years old, Audrey Thorpe still lives in a historic mansion on palm-tree-lined Victory Drive, determined to retain her independence. But when her health begins to fade, her family hires a part-time caregiver, Laurel. The two women seem to bond-until Audrey disappears. Unbeknownst to Laurel, Audrey has harbored a secret for 70 years, since her time as a nurse in the South Pacific during World War II.
As the story moves between the verdant jungles of the war-torn Philippines and the glitter of modern-day Savannah, Georgia, friendships new and old are tested. Along the way, Audrey grapples with one of life's heart-wrenching truths: You can only outrun your secrets for so long.
Lisa Wingate and Diane Plauche
From the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Before We Were Ours Comes a Novel Inspired by Little-Known Historical Events
A dramatic story of three young women on a journey in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who rediscovers their story and its vital connection to her own students' lives. In her distinctive voice, Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual "Lost Friends" advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold off. The Book of Lost Friends is the dramatic and hopeful story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students' lives.