The Capitol Book Newsletter
Monday, October 22, 2007
1. Jennifer Davis Here Today!
2. Kathryn Tucker Windham Tomorrow!
JENNIFER S. DAVIS HERE TODAY
Jennifer S. Davis was born and raised in Alabama, where she grew up
exploring the banks of Lake Martin and the Tallapoosa River. She has
lived and worked in Montana, Denver, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Washington
state and New Orleans. She received her MFA from the University of
Alabama and taught fiction in the MFA program at Eastern Washington
University. Her stories have been published in such journals as Grand
Street, Paris Review, Epoch, Georgia Review, One Story, and Oxford
American, among others. They've also been collected into two
collections, Her Kind of Want (2002), and her brand new one, Our Former
Lives In Art, about which Publishers Weekly says::
"Strange events haunt the lives of the intrepid Southern characters in
the second collection (after "Her Kind of Want") from Alabama native
Davis. The title story concerns the parents of a fragile, gifted child
obsessed with drawing antiquated war scenes and mayhem perhaps gleaned
from a past life a child... The troubled teen protagonist of "Lily,
Love" is matched with a lonely elderly man sick... and the two find
their senses of alienation nicely compatible. "Pilgrimage in Georgia"
is a terrific writerly send-up about a novelist who moves to a small
Southern town in order to gain the authenticity he lacks, only to be
tormented by the productivity of a young writer as much a hack as he is.
Davis creates magnificently conflicted characters with low-key stylistic
Come meet this really gifted young Alabama writer TODAY, MONDAY, OCTOBER
22 FROM 4-5:30 PM here at the store. You'll be glad you did.
Our Former Lives in Art is a Random House trade paperback, $13.95. If
you would like a signed copy, but can't make it by, just let us know and
we'll be happy to take care of it for you.
AND, coming up tomorrow.....
KATHRYN TUCKER WINDHAM!.
Join Alabama's beloved Kathryn Tucker Windham for a late afternoon
program of storytelling in celebration of re-publication (by
Montgomery's NewSouth Books) of her book Alabama, One Big Front Porch
Bring a lawn chair, bring a friend, and listen! Limited seating will
also be provided. We'll be there with books, with a booksigning to
follow the storytelling. The new edition of Alabama, One Big Front
Porch is a hardback, $25.95, and a signed copy would make somebody a
real nice Christmas present. We'll also have copies of many of her other
wonderful books, too!
This one happens TOMORROW, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 AT THE HAIGLER HOUSE IN
OLD ALABAMA TOWN AT 4 PM, which is late enough in the day that you can -
and should - bring a whole passel of school children. And in case of
rain, the whole thing will be moved indoors at the Loeb Center. For
directions and other info call the Alabama Writers Forum at 265-7728.
Cheryl and Thomas Upchurch
Capitol Book & News Company
1140 E. Fairview Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36106