This event has been rescheduled from Dec. 5, and is not yet confirmed. Please stay tuned for updates!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Leigh Pennington
The High Country Writers of western North Carolina invite the public to join them in a discussion led by the author on issues relevant to all writers intending to publish. Where did your inspiration come from? Did you get funding for research assistance, travel, or editorial services? What was it like working with an editor to revise your book? What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? What is your marketing strategy? Do you have any advice for budding writers?
Rivers will sign books following the discussion at the library in Boone. Contact person is Kathy Copley of HCW.
Calling all Civil War buffs, fans of historic fiction, book-lovers and budding writers: come to the library this afternoon for a wide-ranging discussion of Rivers' new novel The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Algonquin Books, January 2017) and a lively exploration of the writing and publishing processes. Audience Q and A and signing will follow; Foggy Pine Books will be on-hand to sell books.
For more information, contact Monica Carson, County Librarian, at 828-264-8784.
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.
It's a great honor to be one of seven finalists for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, for The Second Mrs. Hockaday. The winner will be announced at the dinner. Call 212-755-6710 for more information.
It's a great honor to be one of seven finalists for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, for The Second Mrs. Hockaday. At the Finalists Fete each author will read for five minutes, in addition to sharing stories from the trenches over cocktails. For info, call CF at 212-755-6710.
The author returns to her favorite uptown South Carolina bookstore to sign copies of the new paperback Book Club edition of The Second Mrs. Hockaday -- hot off the presses! She is donating 10% of the cover price of every copy of TSMH sold during her visit, a donation which will be matched by Hub City, to the Southern Poverty Law Center, for a total donation per book of 20%. Your purchase will assist the SPLC in fighting and tracking hate groups in the U.S., teaching tolerance, and seeking justice in the courts for victims of hate crimes. How perfect a gift is that for the book-lover in your life?
Building 8, 3rd floor, Room 8303
PANEL: Family Dramas
Three authors talk about the inspiration for their novels and read from them. Audience Q & A to follow. Susan Rivers, The Second Mrs. Hockaday; Laurel D. Huber, The Velveteen Daughter; Bethany Ball, What to Do About the Solomons
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.
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.
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.