Author Roundtable with Adelaide Books
Page 158 Books is pleased to present a digital event in partnership with Adelaide Books featuring three authors from the North Carolina Writers' Network. Join us for a conversation with Wim Coleman, L. C. Fiore, and Judy Hogan. Please note that this is a digital author event and will be hosted on our Crowdcast channel. You can register for the event here and order a signed copy of the book below.
About I.O.U.: POEMS by Wim Coleman
Wim Coleman's new book of prophetic incantations and reflections will take you whirling, drawing from great periods and great literature throughout history and winding you up with new insights into American reality today. You will be surprised and entertained. -Lucina Kathmann, Vice President Emerita, PEN International
Wim Coleman is a playwright, poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer. His poetry has appeared in many publications, and his play The Shackles of Liberty won the 2016 Southern Playwrights Competition. Novels that he has co-authored with his wife, Pat Perrin, include Anna's World, the Silver Medalist in the 2008 Moonbeam Awards, and The Jamais Vu Papers, a 2011 finalist for the Eric Hoffer/Montaigne Medal. Wim and Pat lived for fourteen years in Mexico, where they created and administered a scholarship program for at-risk students. They now live in Carrboro, North Carolina. Both are members of PEN International.
About COYOTE LOOP by L.C. Fiore
In Chicago, at the peak of the Great Recession, John Ganzi, Coyote Loop's take-no-guff narrator, has, at 44, already outlived his father. He’s a wealthy options trader, divorced, and his only friend is his disgruntled clerk, who he grew up with—two lower-class kids from the Southside, now made good. When Jeanie, Ganzi’s estranged teenage daughter, unexpectedly moves in with him, he sees an opportunity to one-up his old man by being the one thing his own father never was: a dad. Jeanie, however, despite her virginal veneer, turns out to be carrying on the family legacy of deception and addiction. When tragedy strikes, father and daughter must reconcile to help each other evolve into better versions of themselves—or risk losing everything. Adapt or Die: it should be scrawled in Latin across the Ganzi family crest.
"As gritty and shrewd as Chicago itself, Coyote Loop brilliantly probes the underbelly of our city's famed trading pit in the nadir of 2008, where brutality and grace collide in John Ganzi: South Sider, struggling dad, and a character I won't soon forget."
—Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of The Talented Miss Farwell
L.C. Fiore's historical novel The Last Great American Magic won Novel of the Year from Underground Book Reviews. His debut novel, Green Gospel, was named First Runner-Up in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, New South, and storySouth, among many others. He is the communications director for the North Carolina Writers’ Network and lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with his family.
About BABA SUMMER: TWO by Judy Hogan
"These people make me love Russia", says Judy Hogan, while taking her readers on a journey to 1992 Russia. The second book of Baba Summer quadrilogy is a wonderful combination of a travel memoir, a discovery of extraordinary Russian culture and a love story. Given Judy's fluency in Russian, she can perceive more than an ordinary tourist, and her very personal experience serves as a unique outlook on the state of post-soviet Russia and the tribulations of its people. Travelling off the beaten path, the author finds herself living in a tiny rural house with a family of ten, where the humanity of its people triumphs the materialist lifestyles of the western world. Through all seven chapters the author provides thoughtful exploration of the human soul, and the reader is left with a clear picture of Russian "dushevnost". Above all else, the memoir is an intriguing story of love with its euphoric highs and emotional lows. Well, what is Love? –Elena Semchenko, a Canadian immigrant with Russia in mind.
Baba Summer: Part Two is the second of four memoirs about Judy Hogan’s experiences with Russian writers and painters 1990-1996. She has published twelve Penny Weaver mystery novels. Grace: A China Diary, 1910-16, which she edited and annotated, was published by Wipf and Stock (2017), and seven volumes of poetry were published, including, Those Eternally Linked Lives (2018). Her papers and 40 years of diaries are in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University. She founded and edited Carolina Wren Press, 1976-1991. She has taught creative writing since 1974 and lives and farms in Moncure, N.C., where she works on environmental issues.
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