We're excited to welcome authors to the store to share their books with you and to share their writing journey with you.
Reader Meet Writer - A virtual series in collaboration with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
These are virtual events that take place online. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. RSVP by emailing email@example.com no later than noon the day before the event. You will receive an email on the morning of the event with details to log in to the online event.
Tuesday, April 21 @ 4pm Lee Smith, Author of Blue Marlin (RSVP by noon on 4/20)
Born in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia, Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and, most recently, Guests on Earth. She has received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novel The Last Girls was a New York Times bestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther.
Wednesday, April 22 @ 5pm Ruthie Lindsay, Author of There I Am (RSVP by noon on 4/21)
Ruthie Lindsey is a speaker, cohost of the Unspoken podcast, and prominent social media figure who challenges audiences to seek joy and find the healing that is inside all of us. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. There I Am is her first book.
Tuesday, April 28 @ 3pm Kristy Woodson Harvey, Author of Feels Like Falling (RSVP by noon on 4/27)
Kristy Woodson Harvey is the bestselling author of DEAR CAROLINA, LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM and THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Her work has been optioned for film and her books have received numerous accolades.
Thursday, April 30 @ 4pm Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD, FACS, Author of A Leader's Guide to Giving A Memorable Speech (RSVP by noon on 4/29)
Donald J. Palmisano, M.D., J.D., FACS, a New Orleans native, retired surgeon, and USAF veteran, is the principal of Donald J Palmisano Consulting (Intrepid Resources). This book derived from Dr. Palmisano's popular Tulane University School of Medicine seminar "How to Give a Memorable Speech" that he teaches to medical students and faculty using lessons learned from his extensive experience of over 1000 speeches and interviews worldwide. He is a frequent keynote conference speaker and trains executives on leadership and effective speech delivery. See for more information on all of his books.
Tuesday, May 5 @ 3pm Caroline B. Cooney, Author of Before She Was Helen (RSVP by noon on 5/4)
Caroline B. Cooney is the author of more than 90 suspense, mystery, and romance novels for teenagers, which have sold over 15,000,000 copies and are published in several languages. The Face on the Milk Carton has sold over 3,000,000 copies and was made into a television movie. Her books have won many state library awards and are on many booklists, such as the New York Public Library's annual teen picks. Caroline grew up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, and spent most of her life on the shoreline of that state but is now in South Carolina near her family. She has three children and four grandchildren. She was a church organist for many years, accompanied the choirs at her children's schools, and now plays keyboard for musicals.
Wednesday, May 6 @ 3pm, Brad Meltzer, Author of The Lincoln Conspiracy (RSVP by noon on 5/5)
Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist and many other bestselling thrillers, as well as the "Ordinary People Change the World" series. He is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer's Decoded and Brad Meltzer's Lost History, which he used to help find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero. He lives in South Florida with his family.
Josh Mensch is a New York Times bestselling author and documentary television producer with a focus on American history and culture. He is coauthor with Brad Meltzer of The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington. For television he has written, directed, and been a showrunner on nonfiction series for the History Channel, PBS, National Geographic, and many other networks. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and children.
Thursday, May 7 @ 3pm Kaitlin B. Curtice, Author of Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God (RSVP by noon on 5/6)
Kaitlin B. Curtice is a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation as well as a Christian, public speaker, and poet. She travels around the country speaking on faith and justice within the church as it relates to Indigenous peoples and has been a featured speaker at Why Christian, Evolving Faith, Wild Goose Festival, The Festival of Faith & Writing, The Revolutionary Love Conference, and more. Curtice is a monthly columnist for Sojourners, has contributed to On Being and Religion News Service, and has been featured on CBS and in USA Today and the New Yorker for her work on having difficult conversations within the church about colonization. She is the author of Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places and writes on her blog at www.kaitlincurtice.com.
Tuesday, May 12 @ 5pm Mary Kay Andrews, Author of Hello Summer (RSVP by noon on 5/11)
Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including THE WEEKENDERS, BEACH TOWN, LADIES' NIGHT, SUMMER RENTAL, DEEP DISH and HISSY FIT.
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she received a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia and was a newspaper reporter for 14 years. The last ten years of her career were spent as a features reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After a 14-year career working as a reporter at newspapers including The Savannah Morning News, The Marietta Journal and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she spent the final ten years of her career, she left journalism in 1991 to write fiction. Her first novel, EVERY CROOKED NANNY, was published in 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers. She went on to write ten critically acclaimed mysteries under her real name. In 2002, she assumed the pen name Mary Kay Andrews with the publication of SAVANNAH BLUES. In 2006, HISSY FIT became her first New York Times bestseller, followed by eleven more New York Times, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestsellers. To date, her novels have been published in German, Italian, Polish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Dutch, Czech and Japanese.
Wednesday, May 13 @ 4pm Katy Simpson Smith, Author of The Everlasting (RSVP by noon on 5/12)
Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835, and the novels The Story of Land and Sea and Free Men. Her novel The Everlasting was published in March, 2020. She lives in New Orleans, and currently serves as the Eudora Welty Chair for Southern Literature at Millsaps College.
Thursday, May 14 @ 4pm, Susan Beckham Zurenda, Author of Bells for Eli (RSVP by noon on 5/13)
After teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to thousands of high school and college students for 33 years, Susan turned her attention to putting a novel in her heart on paper, the genesis of which started with a short story that won a fiction prize some years ago. She was delighted to present her debut novel, Bells for Eli, to readers on March 2, 2020. During her years of teaching at Spartanburg Community College and then as an AP English teacher at Spartanburg High School, Susan published short stories and won numerous regional awards such as the South Carolina Fiction Prize (twice), the Porter Fleming Competition, The Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Fiction Contest, The Hub City Hardegree Contest in Fiction, Alabama Conclave First Novel Chapter Contest, and The Jubilee Writing Competition (twice). Since 2018, she has published six stories in literary magazines.
Tuesday, May 19 @ 3pm, Mary Alice Monroe, Author of On Ocean Boulevard. (RSVP by noon on 5/18)
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the Beach House series: The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, Beach House for Rent, and Beach House Reunion. She is a 2018 Inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors' Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the 2017 Southern Book Prize for Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is also a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at MaryAliceMonroe.com and at Facebook.com/MaryAliceMonroe.
Thursday, May 21 @ 3pm, Yaffa S. Santos, Author of A Taste of Sage (RSVP by noon on 5/20)
Yaffa S. Santos was born and raised in New Jersey. A solo trip to Dominican Republic in her teenage years changed her relationship to her Dominican heritage and sparked a passion for cooking and its singular ability to bring people together. Yaffa is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing and visual art. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA). She has lived in New York, Philadelphia, Santo Domingo, and now lives in Florida with her family.
Wednesday, May 20 @ 3pm, Carter Sickels, Author of The Prettiest Star (RSVP by noon on 5/19)
Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour. He is the recipient of the 2013 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award, and has been awarded scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, VCCA, and the MacDowell Colony. His essays and fiction have appeared in various publications, including Guernica, Bellevue Literary Review, and BuzzFeed. Carter is Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches in the Bluegrass Writers Studio Low-Residency MFA program.
Tuesday, May 26 @ 5pm Genevieve Hudson, Author of Boys of Alabama. (RSVP by noon on 5/25)
Genevieve Hudson is the author of the novel Boys of Alabama: a novel (2020), which O, the Oprah Magazine, Ms Magazine and Lit Hub selected as a recommended book to read in 2020. Their other books include the critical memoir A Little in Love with Everyone (2018), and Pretend We Live Here: Stories ( 2018), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist and named a Best Book of 2018 by Entropy.
They hold an MFA in fiction from Portland State University. Their writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, selected as The Best Queer Internet Writing by them, and appears in McSweeney's, Catapult, TinHouse.com, No Tokens, Joyland, Bitch, The Rumpus, and other places. They have received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, The MacDowell Colony, Caldera Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center.
They are a Visiting Fiction Faculty member at Antioch University-Los Angeles's MFA Program, a freelance writer, and also work in advertising . They live in Portland, Oregon.
Thursday, June 11 @ 5pm TJ Klune, Author of The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Extraordinaries (RSVP by noon on 6/10)
TJ KLUNE is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author (Into This River I Drown) and an ex-claims examiner for an insurance company. His novels include the Green Creek series, The House on the Cerulean Sea and The Exraordinaries. Being queer himself, TJ believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories.
Lenoir Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series
It is a great honor to be a part of the 2019-2020 Visiting Writers Series! You'll find us on the Lenoir Rhyne University campus the evening of author events providing books for purchase. Be sure to check out full details at the LRU VWS website.
Past Bookstore Events
Laura McCaskill, Febraury 14th, 2020
Author of Her Keepers and Fallow
Mark Warren, January 24th, 2020
The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, December 5th, 2019
Contributor in Step Into the Circle
Elizabeth Shelburne, November 13th, 2019
Author of Holding On To Nothing
Laura McCaskill, October 12th 2019
Author of Her Keepers
John Adam Wasowicz, October 5th, 2019
Author of Jones Point
Seth Hawkins, September 14th, 2019 & STOP THE BLEED Training
Author of Vertical Aid and Wilderness EMS
Charles Gritzner, September 5th, 2019
Author of North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends
Katie Kath, August 24th, 2019
Illustrator of Me and the Measure of Things
Joan Barasovska, June 22nd, 2019
Author of Birthing Age, a collection of poetry
C. P. Whitaker, May 25, 2019
Author of For the Love of God and For Crying Out Loud
Arcy Patton, May 4th, 2019
Author of Effer Dandy Wanted Candy
Viviane Elbee, May 4th, 2019
Author of Teach Your Giraffe to Ski
Joy Resor, May 3rd, 2019
Author of Designed to Shine
Danielle Gauwain, April 27th, 2019
Author of Scholar of Seduction
Kathy Foster, March 23rd, 2019
Author of Somewhere in the Silence
Les Cochran, October 13, 2018
Book 1: Sax Club
Book 2: Blind Pig
Book 3: Get Even
Beth Revis, October 1, 2018
NY Times Bestselling author of numerous books, including Give the Dark My Love & Bid My Soul Farewell.
Christina Xiong, September 29, 2018
Author of The Gathering Song, a collection of poetry
Ben Anderson, September 27, 2018
Author of Smokies Chronicles
Buck Rish, September 8, 2018
Author of numerous books including Dawg Knows
Seth Hawkins, Corey Winstead, John Chimiak, August 30, 2018
Author of Vertical Aid and Wilderness EMS
Fred Epeley, August 17, 2018
Author of Growing Up In Ottie's World, Don't Let the Green Wave Drown You, and A Tarheel Marches
Dr. Natalie Spencer, July 20th, 2018
Author of Mindful Practices for Helping Troubled Teens
Austin Helms, July 14th, 2018
Author of Orientation to Graduation (O2G)
P. S. Broaddus, July 13th, 2018
Author of A Hero's Curse, and Nightrage Rising
Mary Ann Domanska, June 19th, 2018
Author of Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer
John Adam Wasowicz, June 9th, 2018
Author of Daingerfield Island