June 26, 2022

Authors tell stories of crime, death and denial

Imagine having to defend murderers and rapists every day. It’s part of Leigh Collier’s job as a defense attorney. It can be a challenge, especially when trying to co-parent her daughter during a pandemic, but when asked to defend a wealthy man accused of multiple counts of rape, Leigh begins to wonder if her job is worth it. . Not only is his client accused of heinous crimes, but he is also part of his harrowing past.

author from atlanta Karin Slaughterthe latest novel “False witness” tells the story of a woman who can no longer escape her painful history and must reconnect with her estranged sister so they can prevent their shocking secrets from being exposed. Slaughter reliably delivers high-stakes thrillers, but “False Witness” is authorship at his best, weaving together an addictive, multi-layered story with characters you won’t soon forget.

seek the resurrection

"The weight of the ashes" by Zachary Steele

Zachary Steele has always been an ardent defender of authors. He was the owner of Wordsmith bookstore in Decatur, Georgia, and he is the founder of the Broadleaf Writers Association in Atlanta. Now he has become an author himself with the release of “The Weight of Ashes” about a teenager named Mark Murphy who won’t come to terms with the death of his older brother, who perished in a car crash.

Mark brings his brother’s ashes to a witch who he hopes will resurrect his brother in exchange for the life of the cousin responsible for the death. The author draws on her personal experience of grief and hopes the story will help others dealing with loss.

A story of courage

As JP Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene is a powerhouse in the New York art and book world, but she’s hiding a secret that could turn her enviable life upside down. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener, the daughter of Richard Greener, Harvard’s first black graduate and a well-known equality advocate.

Set in the early 1900s, “The Personal Librarian” through Mary Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray is the fictionalized tale of an extraordinarily accomplished woman who must hide her African-American heritage to avoid rejection by her nerd circle. The novel is a treat for those who want to live vicariously in the gilded, lush world of art and literature, but it also illuminates the courage of Belle, who succeeds in an island setting despite the challenges of her gender and its middle.

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Death, then denial

Everyone deals with grief in their own way, but Piper Parrish has decided to bypass it completely. When her husband dies, she continues as if he were still alive, cooking for him, taking walks and having dates. Moreover, his neighbors and friends lend themselves to his exercise in denial. But then a reporter comes to cover the curious story and finds himself spending more and more time with the enigmatic Piper. “Frick Island’s Invisible Husband” from the author of Atlanta Colleen Oakley is a heartwarming and charming story filled with quirky characters and is the perfect read to kick off the summer.

Local literary news

Decades are defined by clothes, events and fashions, but nothing can evoke a period of time better than music. Two Augusts, Francine Klopotic and John “Stoney” Canon, have combined their varied artistic talents to take you on a nostalgic musical journey from the mid-1800s to the 1990s in “Hooked Onna Feelin’: The Delicious History of Sticky Sweet Sounds.”

The illustrated book showcases past hits as well as hidden gems through the eyes of two self-proclaimed “music fanatics.” Whether you’ve donned blue suede shoes to dance to Elvis music or passed out to doe-eyed Shaun Cassidy, “Hooked Ona Feelin'” is likely to bring back fond musical memories. Writers will be at Grantski Records on Broad Street on July 24 from 1-4 p.m. Horror Novelist Charles Campbell will also make an appearance.

local author PA Crenshaw launches the first novel in a fantasy series with “After reflexion” the story of a rock star who falls in love with her mysterious neighbor. He doesn’t know that she might have supernatural powers that could harm him.

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