Author Event: Michael Parker and Louis Bayard

Page 158 Books is excited to present an evening with two authors of historical fiction, Michael Parker and Louis Bayard to discuss their books Prairie Fever and Courting Mr. Lincoln.


Set in the hardscrabble landscape of early 1900s Oklahoma, but timeless in its sensibility, Prairie Fever traces the dynamic between two sisters: the pragmatic Lorena and the chimerical Elise. Their connection to each other supersedes all else, until the arrival of a schoolteacher sunders the sisters’ relationship as they both begin to fall for him. With poetic intensity and the deadpan humor of Paulette Jiles and Charles Portis, Parker reminds us of how our choices are often driven by our passions. Expansive and intimate, Prairie Fever tells the story of characters tested as much by life on the prairie as they are by their own churning hearts.

About Michael Parker:

Michael Parker is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, the Oxford American, Runner's World, Men's Journal, and elsewhere. His work has been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize. He is the Nicholas and Nancy Vacc Distinguished Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He lives in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, and Austin, Texas.


Louis Bayard, master writer of historical fiction, creates “an exquisite story exquisitely told” (A.J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window) with Courting Mr. Lincoln. Grounded in fact, but brought to life as only this critically acclaimed author could do, the novel is an intimately drawn evocation of the love between the brilliant, melancholic future president and the two people who knew him best: his charming confidante Joshua Speed and his spirited future wife, Mary Todd. Christopher Bollen, author of The Destroyers, calls it, “Superb, witty, gorgeously written … [a] dazzling, subversive novel … an essential read: it makes the past a human place.”

About Louis Bayard:

Bayard has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. He is a nationally recognized essayist and critic whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Salon. An instructor at George Washington University, he is author of the popular Downton Abbey recaps for the New York Times.

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Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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415 S Brooks Street
Suite B
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208479
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 23rd, 2019

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ISBN: 9781616208530
Published: Algonquin Books - May 21st, 2019