Lit & Libations is a new series that works like this: Novel will bring in amazing authors like Chanelle Benz and Libro will pair 'em with themed cocktail and small plate specials at happy hour prices. Now here's where you come in. All you have to do is bring your friends, grab a cocktail & app from the bar, and head into the event space for a night of entertainment. You in?
Doors @ 6PM, Chanelle Benz in conversation with Marshall Boswell @ 6:30PM
About the book:
Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day--and she hasn't been back to the South since.
Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.
Inventive, gritty, and openhearted, The Gone Dead is an astonishing debut novel about race, justice, and memory that lays bare the long-concealed wounds of a family and a country.
About the author:
Chanelle Benz has published short stories in Guernica, Granta.com, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and The Cupboard, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. Her story collection The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead was published in 2017 by Ecco. It was named a Best Book of 2017 by the San Francisco Chronicle and one of Electric Literature's 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017. It was also longlisted for the 2018 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. She currently lives in Memphis, where she teaches at Rhodes College.
About Marshall Boswell:
A member of the Rhodes English Department since 1996, Marshall teaches courses in 20th Century American Literature and Fiction Writing. In addition to full-length studies of contemporary writers John Updike and David Foster Wallace, Marshall has published two works of fiction, the story collection Trouble with Girls (Algonquin 2003), which was an April 2003 Book Sense 76 pick, and the novel, Alternative Atlanta (Delacorte Press 2005), both of which are now available in paperback. In 2008 he completed work as editor and primary contributor for the final of the fourth volume of the Encyclopedia of American Literature. His stories have appeared in Playboy, Shenandoah, the New England Review, the Missouri Review, and New Stories from the South.