The Reader Meet Writer Author Series features bestselling authors and fresh new voices, fiction and nonfiction titles, in an engaging and accessible format. See the schedule below for upcoming events, and click on an event for all the details. To participate, check with your local indie bookseller for more information. And don’t forget to support your store with your book purchases!
The series was created and is facilitated by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) in partnership with member indie booksellers as a way to connect authors and readers at a time and place all can safely and comfortably gather. Each Reader Meet Writer event is fully moderated and hosted, with plenty of time for author Q & A. Plus, all events are recorded and available to stream at SIBA’s Reader Meet Writer TV YouTube channel.
Thu Apr 8th 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Reader-Meet-Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman’s WHISPER DOWN THE LANE
Richard doesn’t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage to Tamara, a first chance at fatherhood to her son Elijah, and a quiet but pleasant life as an art teacher at Elijah’s elementary school in Danvers, Virginia. Then the body of a rabbit, ritualistically murdered, appears on the school grounds with a birthday card for Richard tucked beneath it. Richard doesn’t have a birthday—but Sean does…
Sean is a five-year-old boy who has just moved to Greenfield, Virginia, with his mother. Like most mothers of the 1980s, she’s worried about bills, childcare, putting food on the table…and an encroaching threat to American life that can take the face of anyone: a politician, a friendly neighbor, or even a teacher. When Sean’s school sends a letter to the parents revealing that Sean’s favorite teacher is under investigation, a white lie from Sean lights a fire that engulfs the entire nation—and Sean and his mother are left holding the match.
Now, thirty years later, someone is here to remind Richard that they remember what Sean did. And though Sean doesn’t exist anymore, someone needs to pay the price for his lies.
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 7:00pm