Reading Matters

Webb Hubbell to read at Elder Art Gallery

An art gallery seems to me the perfect setting for a literary event. I don’t know why more gallery owners don’t open their doors to writers who will read to an audience from a new book.

Larry Elder of Elder Art Galley seems to be ahead of his times. He honored Charlotte novelist Webb Hubbell last year with a reading of his first book, “When Men Betray: A Jack Patterson Thriller,” and now he’s honoring him again with the publication of Hubbell’s second novel, “Ginger Snaps,” also starring the 6-foot-3 Jack Patterson. (Hubbell is himself that tall.)

Hubbell will read from the new novel, which includes a chemistry professor who grows marijuana in his backyard. His wife uses the plant to lace her ginger snaps to ease the pain of a friend with cancer. At least, that’s what she says.

The event is 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Elder Art Gallery, 1520 South Tryon St., Charlotte, N.C. 28203., and you are invited.