Author Event: Local Author Night

Join Page 158 Books as we celebrate local authors. We will be joined by authors Brian Biswas, Christopher Cancilla and Adriel.

Brian Biswas is a fiction writer living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is the author of The Astronomer and A Betrayal and Other Stories. He next collection of short stories, Blister and Other Stories will be published in 2024. 

The Astronomer is out now. Franz Herbert suffers from epileptic seizures; are they a curse that takes him away from his wife, family, and friends, or a gift that allows him to explore the depths of the cosmos? An exploration of a man's struggle with a neurological disease, the nature of reality, and the workings of his own mind, The Astronomer is both a love story and the tale of a man's journey to find his place in the universe. 

"In Brian Biswas' new novel, The Astronomer, he has chosen to confound us frequently regarding how he and the main character regard reality, and we are often forced to think about our own ways of looking at the real and the fantastic, about fact and fiction... he also challenges us to think about whether or not the dreams and other mental wanderings of people who don't have "normal" mental lives constitute another reality as well." ~ Alice Whittenburg, Cafe Irreal

Christopher Cancilla is the author of many titles including The Ultimate Thru-Hike, Colony 3, the seven part Archives series and Mountain Life, which will be released in December. 

About The Ultimate Thru Hike: A thru-hike is a very long-distance hike. For example, the Appalachian Trail runs from Georgia to Maine to the tune of about 2,100 miles. Starting at one end and walking to the other is called a Thru-Hike. So, doesn’t it make sense to use hikers to perform a planetary survey on a new planet? The hikers can survey, inspect, learn, and report what they find — contracted for one planetary year. They experience something new, something extraordinary. The result is an insight into this new world and the ability to quickly create a viable colony while allowing the planet to flourish. While hiking, some of the contracted hikers develop new skills, and these advanced or enhanced, humans become a part of this new world, and the world has become a part of them. They have a connection to the planet, the creatures. It is not this group who needs to be watched, but it is their children, for they are the future of humanity.

Chris Cancilla was born in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in the Raleigh area. He is a prolific writer of more than just Science Fiction. Although his passion is to immerse his readers into other worlds or future places, he also has a passion for Electronic Data Interchange, or EDI for short.

Adriel's first novel, Illyadra, will release in November. Embark on a journey into the spectacular worldbuilding of "Illyadra,"the first book of the Archeodon Series—an epic fantasy masterpiece that seamlessly weaves together humor, trauma, and philosophy to navigate the intricate realms of oppression and systems of value.“Illyadra” is set in the realm of Zoë, a divided land that encompasses five distinct countries, each governed by a unique magic system personified in the Archeodon crowns. These crowns bestow their wearers and subjects with the power of influence, ranging from Destruction and Illusion to Alteration, Conjuration, and Restoration. In this enchanting universe, those wielding powerful magic, known as "vuu," reign supreme.


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Event date: 
Thursday, November 16, 2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
415 S Brooks Street
Suite B
Wake Forest, NC 27587