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Book lovers and writers unite for BiblioFeast

October is National Reading Group Month, and in celebration the Women's National Book Association - Charlotte will host its second annual BiblioFeast at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

Billed as a feast for the mind and body, BiblioFeast invites the reading community to Maggiano's Italian Restaurant in SouthPark to meet high-profile, nationally-reviewed authors who will be speaking one-on-one with attendees about their work and the life of an author.

There are six writers confirmed to attend so far.

Pineville area resident and WNBA member Amanda Phillips said those interested in going do not have to read the featured books to attend BiblioFeast.

"What I like about going to author events is that the writers explain the inspiration behind their books and then I want to dive into it right away when I get home," she said.

The featured BiblioFeast books span different genres: contemporary fiction, historical fiction and crime sagas.

This year, several BiblioFeast authors set their books in North Carolina.

Michael Parker, author of four previous novels and a professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, set his novel "The Watery Part of the World" on a small barrier island off the coast of North Carolina in 1970. The story merges the strange disappearance of Theodosia Burr - daughter of vice president Aaron Burr - who vanished in 1813 while en route by schooner from South Carolina to New York, and the experience of two elderly white women and their black caretaker, who are the last residents on the island in 1970.

Asheville resident Heather Newton' s debut book, "Under the Mercy Trees," which Publisher's Weekly calls "stirring," also takes place in North Carolina. In her novel, Newton sends her central narrator, Martin, back to the family's Willoby County mountain town to aid the search for his brother, Leon. During the search, family secrets surface and may explain why Leon disappeared.

Author Drew Perry, a writing instructor at Elon University, will promote his debut novel, "This is Just Exactly Like You."

Other authors scheduled to appear include: Ellen Baker, "I Gave My Heart to Know This"; Ann Hite, "Ghost on Black Mountain"; and John Milliken Thompson, "The Reservoir."

WNBA President Susan Walker said, "Southern writers contribute so much to current literature and fiction. It is a pleasure to host them for an evening of dining and discussion."

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