Thursday, May 09, 2019 7:00 PM
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307
From the award-winning author of Eveningland and The Typist, Michael Knight, comes an incisive, witty, and beautifully-written novel set at a boarding school in the Virginia countryside.
At the first of two May editions of Writers at the Wrecking Bar, Knight will discuss his new novel, At Briarwood School for Girls, with Alison Law, host of the Literary Atlanta podcast. Atlanta singer-songwriter Caroline Herring will perform a short set before the author conversation begins at 7:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend, you may pre-order a signed copy of the book below.
About the Book
It's 1994, and Lenore Littlefield is a junior at Briarwood School for Girls. She plays basketball. She hates her roommate. History is her favorite subject. She has told no one that she's pregnant. Everything, in other words, is under control.
Meanwhile, Disney has announced plans to build a new theme park just up the road, a "Technicolor simulacrum of American History" right in the middle of one of the most history-rich regions of the country. If successful, the development will forever alter the character of Prince William County, VA, and have unforeseeable consequences for the school.
When the threat of the theme park begins to intrude on the lives of the faculty and students at Briarwood, secrets will be revealed, and unexpected alliances will form. Lenore must decide whom she can trust-will it be a middle-aged history teacher struggling to find purpose in his humdrum life? A lonely basketball coach tasked with directing the school play? A reclusive playwright still grappling with her own Briarwood legacy? Or a teenage ghost equally adept at communicating with the living via telephone or Ouija board?
Following a cast of memorable characters as they reckon with questions about fate, history, and the possibility of happiness, At Briarwood School for Girls is a stunning and inventive new work from a master storyteller.
About the Author
Michael Knight is the author of the novels The Typist and Divining Rod, the short story collections Eveningland, Goodnight Nobody, and Dogfight and Other Stories, and the novella The Holiday Season. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville with his family.
About Writers at the Wrecking Bar
A Cappella Books presents Writers at the Wrecking Bar, a series of live author interview events showcasing some of the country’s freshest voices in literary and contemporary fiction, presented monthly at our neighborhood brewpub. Each program includes writers in conversation with an arbiter of Atlanta’s book scene, giving the audience a chance to experience and participate in the Q&A, and get a signed copy of the book. Select events will feature performances by notable local musicians.
Held upstairs in the Marianna Room of the Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Writers at the Wrecking Bar hosts a cash bar with signature cocktails inspired by the books, starting at 7 p.m. The author conversation and book signing follow at 7:30 p.m.