Reading Matters

A tale of ecological devastation in West Virginia Alleghenies

Bestselling New York Times novelist Ron Rash gives this new novel from Lookout Books in Wilmington his vigorous stamp of approval:

“Beautiful prose, vivid characterization, and meticulous research make ‘Honey from the Lion’ an exceptional debut. Matthew Neill Null is a gifted and serious writer we need to pay attention to.”

Null will read from the novel on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Main Street Books, 126 South Main St., Davidson, N.C., 28036.

The novel opens in the “chaos and ferment” of colonial times, travels through the Civil War and the Gilded Age, and ends as a WPA sculptor unveils a questionable monument. At the turn-of-the-century in the West Virginia Alleghenies, a logging company decimates 10,000 acres of virgin forest and transforms a brotherhood of timber wolves into revolutionaries.

Matthew Neill Null holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., where he is currently the writing coordinator.

The event is free and open to the public.