Reading Matters

Four novelists to speak at Park Road Books and two at Main Street Books in Davidson

Ashley Warlick
Ashley Warlick The Charlotte Observer

Leave it to the Women’s National Book Association to give you a rich and fun-packed program of books and authors.

Tonight at 7 p.m. at Park Road Books, four area writers will entertain you with readings and answers to your questions and maybe some impromptu advice about how they get their writing done and how they get their books published.

The writers are Georgia native Taylor Brown, who wowed the folks at this year’s Queens Book and Author luncheon. He will talk about his new novel, Fallen Land, set in the last year of the Civil War.

Mary Glickman, a Boston native who now lives on South Carolina’s Seabrook Island, will talk about her new novel, “An Undisturbed Peace,” about a trio of outsiders who are profoundly affected by the Indian Removal Act of 1830. That Act authorized President Andrew Jackson to negotiate with Southern Indian tribes for their removal to federal lands west of the Mississippi in exchange for their ancestral homelands.

Susan Higginbotham of Apex sets her latest historical novel in the U.S., a first for her. Hanging Mary is the story of Mary Surratt, who during 1864, deep in debt, leaves her drunken husband and opens a boarding house in Washington, D.C. A frequent visitor to the house in John Wilkes Booth. In 1865, when Booth commits the dastardly act that will reverbereate through history, everyone in the boarding house is under suspicion. Hanging Mary has also been chosen as an Okra Pick for Winter 2016 by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.

Ashley Warlick, who lives in Greenville, S.C., is the author of The Arrangement, reviewed in February in the New York Times Book Review. The novel, set in 1934 in California, the Swiss Alps and France, mixes food, desire and the real-life love triangle among M.F.K. Fisher, her husband and the man who is love of her life. Warlick, who teaches fiction in the MFA program at Queens University, is the youngest person ever to win the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship.

The event is free, and you’re invited.

Park Road Books is in Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Road.

You are also invited on Tuesday for a noon book talk at Main Street Books in Davidson to hear Taylor Brown and Mary Glickman discuss their novels.

Main Street Books: 126 S. Main St., Davidson.

Phone: 704-892-6841