Reading Matters

Bestselling novelist Jan Karon has ‘tender place’ for Charlotte

Lucky Charlotte!

We’re one of six cities Jan Karon will be visiting to promote her latest Mitford novel, “Come Rain or Come Shine” (Putnam, $27.95), to be released this week.

So how in the world did we snare you? I asked her by phone.

“Putnam asked me my opinion,” she said, “and Charlotte was at the top of the list. There’s a tender place in my heart for that town.”

Karon will appear at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 in the McColl Family Theatre at ImaginOn. To reserve your free ticket, use the online box office of Children’sTheatre:

I’ll be moderating the event – a question-and-answer format followed by questions from the audience. There will be no author “meet and greet,” and Karon will not be signing books that evening.

Karon grew up in Charlotte and later worked in advertising here, and she told me she’s recently sold her 1816 Jefferson-inspired house with its 109 acres and 10 historic outbuildings outside Charlottesville, Va. She’s now renting a townhouse in Charlottesville and feeling “as free and unencumbered as a graduate student.”

“More and more,” she said, “I just want time to write.”

She’s finishing chapter four of her novel-in-progress (yes, it’s another Mitford) and “itching” to get on with the next chapter. “Much better feeling, she said, than “itching” to get away from it.

And she’s recently discovered another passion. App art. “Yes,” she said, “I’m opening up to my first love all over again. You open your Ipad and do art.”