Join Susan at the Authors in the Round Dinner on Friday night Oct. 13. The dinner takes place at the War Memorial Auditorium, starting at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11:00 am, Susan joins novelists Daren Wang (The Light of Northern Fires) and Eleanor Henderson (12 Mile Straight) for the panel discussion: "One More River to Cross: Novels of the Civil War and Reconstruction." The session is being held at the Nashville Public Library.
Book Clubs of Davidson Annual October Tea: In Conversation with Authors Susan Rivers and Julia Franks, Davidson NC
Dr. Sally McMillen, retired Davidson College History professor, will moderate a conversation with authors Susan Rivers (The Second Mrs. Hockaday, Algonquin) and Julia Franks (Over the Plain Houses, Hub City Press). Signings will follow.
The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the book club pick with the author via video chat. The club is open to the public; please call Cherise Bailey at BP for information: 518-523-2950, or the email@example.com.
Page & Pairings is a book-inspired wine tasting held at M. Judson's store in the heart of thriving Greenville. For the six paperback editions of books featured on this night, one of which is The Second Mrs. Hockaday, a local restaurateur has chosen a vintage for each one that draws on the novel's spirit or its locale. The ticket price of $30 covers the tasting, one copy of your preferred novel, and an opportunity to meet and mingle with all six of the P & P authors.
Call the store at 864-603-2412 for details, to reserve tickets, or for directions and parking information.
Contact: Jessica Conley
At this dinner presentation in the lodge at Blowing Rock's legendary Gideon Ridge Inn, Susan will be speaking on the writing process, the challenge of turning historical fact into compelling fiction, and the true events that inspired The Second Mrs. Hockaday. Book signing will follow.
Call the GRI at 828-295-3644 for info.
On this panel, "Strong Women Survive History," Susan is joined by Laura Kamoie, author of America's First Daughter, and Natasha Boyd, author of The Indigo Girl, to talk about specific methods for crafting compelling female protagonists in historical fiction. The panel will be moderated by McCall Hoyle, author of The Thing with Feathers.
"Crafting 'Then' Into 'Now:' Writing Compelling Historical Fiction"
Setting a story or novel in the distant past commits a writer to serious research, but more is required than merely replicating fashions and customs. If historical fiction is to be engaging it must create a world for the reader that is compelling and immediate: what happened long ago must read as if it is happening right now. In this one-hour workshop, Rivers will share her methods for crafting such a world and will provide writers with exercises to aid them in this process.
Sunday workshops are being held in the Michael Brown Center on Evins Street, on the Wofford Campus: https://www.wofford.edu/newsroom/2012/Michael-S-Brown-Village-Center-receives-LEED-Silver/
Join Sally Brewster and Frazer Dobson of Park Road Books, Charlotte, as they share the season's best reads and introduce Susan. Reading and discussion of The Second Mrs. Hockaday follows. Refreshments will be served.
First Monday Program: reading and leading a discussion of The Second Mrs. Hockaday and the novel's origins in the Upstate of South Carolina. Drawing for a signed book!
For more information call: 864-463-0430.
Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville VA; Panel, "Secrets & Lies: Haunting Historical Fiction"
As the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA, has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years.
Reading and discussion at the former home of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind.
For more information, call: 404-249-7015
Authors will participate in a speed-dating style program, moving every ten minutes to a new table of book-lovers to discuss their books and answer participants' questions.