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In Conversation with Scott Gould

December 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, December 6th at 5:30 pm for an In Conversation event with our dear friend, local author, and critically acclaimed Southern storyteller Scott Gould!

He’ll be chatting about his novel The Hammerhead Chronicles with Keith Lee Morris, a fellow local author and professor at Clemson. The Hammerhead Chronicles explores the effects of grief, racism, homophobia, revenge, love, and loss on an oddball cast of contemporary characters in a small, fictitious South Carolina town . . . oh, and it’s funny.

So don’t miss out on this free event!

SUMMARY

On the day Claude slaps down a credit card for an expensive racing bicycle, his soon-to-be-ex-wife passes away. As Claude begins a quest to pedal away from his marriage and his grief, we encounter the Southern eccentrics that orbit his world: his overly independent, rebellious teenage daughter; his foul-mouthed sister-in-law who deftly stalks her husband’s mistress; twin, gay bookstore owners who serve the profitable underground Confederacy market out of their “special” back room; the math professor possessing an attic full of rats and a penchant for revenge; a skinny bartender-named for a Marine base-who preaches a suck-it-up philosophy; and Claude’s recently deceased wife, observing it all from the Great Beyond, where she is annoyed by the lack of decent weather and by the troubled, tangled lives she left behind.

This ensemble of quirky, narrative voices dovetail for a fast-moving, comic story of longing and redemption, while flipping a number of Southern clichés on their ears.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Scott Gould is the author of the story collection, Strangers to Temptation (Hub City Press), and the novels, Whereabouts (Koehler Books) and The Hammerhead Chronicles (University of North Georgia Press). His work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, New Ohio Review, Crazyhorse, Carolina Quarterly, New Stories from the South and others. He is a multiple winner of the Individual Artist Fellowship in Prose from the South Carolina Arts Commission, as well as the Fiction Fellowship from the South Carolina Academy of Authors. He lives in Sans Souci, South Carolina. More information is available at www.scottgouldwriter.com.

ABOUT THE CONVERSATION PARTNER

Keith Lee Morris is the author of five books of fiction, including the novels The Dart League King (Tin House Books) and Travelers Rest (Little, Brown). His stories and essays have been published in Cincinnati Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, A Public Space, The Daily Beast, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He teaches at Clemson University, where he serves as editor of South Carolina Review. His story “Sleigh Bells for the Hayride” recently appeared in the 2022 edition of The Best Mystery Stories of the Year from The Mysterious Pres

Details

Date:
December 6
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Venue

M. Judson Booksellers
130 S. Main St.
Greenville, 29601 United States
Phone:
864-603-2412