Thursday, Nov 03, 2016 7:00 PM
A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Two Authors, One Night.
Gray Stewart addresses race politics in contemporary Atlanta in his new novel, Haylow. The book follows Travis Hemperly, estranged from his Southern roots. After his brother drowned during a family outing, he fled north and found solace studying the Viking era. Now in his 30's and uninspired by his job as a Viking reenactor for the Canadian Tourism Commission, he follows the promise of a tenure track professorship to a historically African American college back in Atlanta. Life looks bright after he lands the job, and he is twice charmed when he runs into an old flame and their relationship is rekindled. But "Blackademia" is less than welcoming. Travis has never been the minority in any room he has ever entered, and he struggles in this different racial context. His new status sparks a memory of a long-forgotten family conversation and a possible lynching in Haylow, a tiny hamlet on the Georgia-Florida border. His situation unravels further after a colleague discovers that his father is a radio talk show host for WCTR--Confederate Talk Radio--whose listeners debate whether slavery was wrong.
Veteran journalist Frank Reddy's page-turning new novel, Eyes on the Island, is about Will Fordham, a once charismatic young preacher on the rise. But a family trip to the beach has cost him everything. Will was struck by an unexpected seizure while wading in the ocean, and his young son drowned. In the aftermath of the child's death, Will lost his marriage, his sobriety, and his faith. Once the pastor of his own church, Will is now little more than a groundskeeper. But when Will is offered a new assignment at a small church on one of Georgia's barrier islands, he reluctantly accepts the opportunity to put his life back together. Owned by a wealthy heiress and accessible only by ferry, this unspoiled island is home to an artists' colony and only a handful of permanent residents. But once on the island, Will befriends a young boy who tells him unsettling stories about the other islanders. Are they merely products of the boy's overactive imagination, or does something sinister lie beneath the island's peaceful facade?
A Cappella Books will have copies of Haylow and Eyes on the Island available for purchase and signing following the program. This event is free and open to the public.
If you are unable to attend the event, you may still pre-order a signed copy of Haylow below.
If you are unable to attend the event, you may still pre-order a signed copy of Eyes on the Island below.