Thursday, July 20th Author Literary Luncheon
Held at the Wequassett Resort in the Garden Terrace
Check-in Begins at 11:30 / Luncheon Begins at noon
Tickets Available Here and at the Bookstore
Emily Jeanne Miller, Allegra Goodman,
and Anne LeClaire
The News from the End of the World: A Novel by Emily Jeanne Miller
A novel about the lovable but dysfunctional Lake family of Cape Cod and the four fraught days that will make or break them.
Vance Lake is broke, jobless, and recently dumped. He takes refuge at his twin brother Craig’s house on Cape Cod and unwittingly finds himself smack in the middle of a crisis that would test the bonds of even the most cohesive family, let alone the Lakes. Craig seethes, angry and mournful at equal turns. His exasperated wife, Gina, is on the brink of an affair. At the center of it all is seventeen-year-old Amanda: adored niece who can do no wrong to Vance, surly stepdaughter to Gina, and stubborn, rebellious daughter to Craig. She’s also pregnant.
Told in alternating points of view by each member of this colorful New England clan and infused with the quiet charm of the Cape in the off-season, The News from the End of the World follows one family into a crucible of pent-up resentments, old and new secrets, and memories long buried. Only by coming to terms with their pasts, both as individuals and together, do they stand a chance of emerging intact.
“The News from the End of the World is my favorite kind of book, bighearted and full of complicated flawed characters stumbling through love and life, making hard choices, making mistakes, and making the reader fall in love with every one of them. I loved this novel!”
—Ann Hood, author of The Book that Matters Most
Emily Jeanne Miller was born and raised in Washington, DC. She attended the National Cathedral School and then Princeton University, where she studied comparative religions. After graduating, she spent several years working as a journalist in California and the Rocky Mountains, covering environmental topics ranging from Indian casinos to nuclear bomb testing to rock climbing bans to grizzly bears.
She lived in Missoula, Montana, where she co-edited an anthology of writing from the Clark Fork River basin (The River We Carry With Us, Clark City Press, Livingston, MT, 2002), and earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Florida.
Her short fiction has been published in the North American Review and The Portland Review. She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, The MacDowell Colony, Aspen Words, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and has taught creative writing and literature at several high schools and Universities. She currently lives on Cape Cod, with her husband, daughter, and dog.
The Chalk Artist: A Novel by Allegra Goodman
The Chalk Artist is a love story involving a young teacher, a brilliant chalk artist, and a teenager chasing his dreams in video games. The novel is about the seductive power of the imagination in words and images, online, and on the page.
A tender affair and the redemptive power of art are at the core of this compelling novel from National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman, "a romantic realist who dazzles with wit [and] compassion" (The Wall Street Journal).
Collin James is young, creative, and unhappy. A college dropout, he waits tables and spends his free time beautifying the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his medium of choice: chalk. Collin's art captivates passersby with its vibrant colors and intricate lines--until the moment he wipes it all away. Nothing in Collin's life is meant to last. Then he meets Nina. . . .
The daughter of a tech mogul who is revolutionizing virtual reality, Nina Lazare is trying to give back as a high school teacher--but her students won't listen to her. When Collin enters her world, he inspires her to think bigger. Nina wants to return the favor--even if it means losing him.
Against this poignant backdrop, Allegra Goodman paints a tableau of students, neighbors, and colleagues: Diana, a teenage girl trying to make herself invisible; her twin brother, Aidan, who's addicted to the games produced by Nina's father; and Daphne, a viral-marketing trickster who unites them all, for better or worse.
Wise, warm, and enchanting, The Chalk Artist is both a finely rendered portrait of modern love and a celebration of all the realms we inhabit: real and imagined, visual and virtual, seemingly independent yet hopelessly tangled.
“What begins as a sparkling love story of an idealistic young teacher, Nina, and artist Collin, who works only in chalk, becomes a stunning, rich exploration of whether love, art, literature, and nature can compete with breathtaking virtual worlds.”—Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and The Summer Before the War
Allegra Goodman's novels include Intuition, The Cookbook Collector, Paradise Park, and Kaaterskill Falls (a National Book Award finalist). Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Commentary, and Ploughshares and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories.
The Halo Effect by Anne LeClaire
In this tour de force, a father, shaken by tragedy, tries to avenge his daughter's murder--and restore his family's shattered life.
It was supposed to be a typical October evening for renowned portrait artist Will Light. Over dinner of lamb tagine, his wife, Sophie, would share news about chorus rehearsals for the upcoming holiday concert, and their teenage daughter, Lucy, would chatter about French club and field hockey. Only Lucy never came home. Her body was found, days later, in the woods.
The Eastern Seaboard town of Port Fortune used to be Will's comfort. Now, there's no safe harbor for him. Not even when Father Gervase asks Will to paint portraits of saints for the new cathedral. Using the townspeople as models, Will sees in each face only a mask of the darkness of evil. And he just might be painting his daughter's killer.
As Will navigates his rage and heartbreak, Sophie tries to move on; Father Gervase becomes an unexpected ally; and Rain, Lucy's best friend, shrouds herself in a near-silent fugue. Their paths collide in a series of inextricably linked, dark, dangerous moments that could lead to their undoing...or to their redemption.
“The terms ‘literary’ and ‘page-turner’ dovetail beautifully in Anne D. LeClaire’s new novel. The Halo Effect is a must-read for LeClaire’s faithful fans and a sit-up-and-take-notice book for those who have yet to discover this talented, truth-seeking storyteller who asks the big questions as she observes the small but intricate details that make us human.” -- Wally Lamb
Anne D. LeClaire is former actor, print journalist and radio broadcaster. She is a memoirist and the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of eight novels published in twenty-four countries. She is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities, public and private schools, women’s groups, men’s groups, religious retreats, churches, hospitals, libraries, corporate events, literary festivals and conferences. She has been a keynote speaker for The Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, The Association of American University Women ad the Cape Cod Writers Conference, among others, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ragdale Foundation.
Anne has taught creative writing workshops in the United States and in a variety on international venues. She has been a visiting lecturer at Mt. Holyoke College, the University of Tennessee, and Columbia College.