Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July Author Appearances

The Odyssey has been on a small hiatus from author events. Repainting, putting down new carpet, and reorganization of the first floor has been hectic enough without hosting authors and their new books. Thankfully, for the most part, all of the renovations are finished.

Author events start up again, beginning tonight with local author Kevin O'Hara, for his book Lucky Irish Lad!

Frank O'Hara, Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 7 p.m.

July is a fairly exciting month. O'Hara is followed by five more powerhouses of authors that are sure to enthuse a range of literary die-hards to fans! Here is the way the rest of the month shapes up:

July 15, 7 p.m. (Thursday):

Jonathan Green, author of Murder in the High Himalaya.

This promises to be a punch in the gut event. Green tells the true story of a group of climbers who witness the murder of a Tibetan nun, but rather than report it they do nothing so that they can continue on their climb up Everest. Green, a trained journalist, pulls from research, and first person accounts to put together the story of her murder.

July 16, 7 p.m. (Friday):

Howard Norman, What is left the Daughter.

Speaking of punches to the gut, Howard Norman will be visiting us this Friday, and several people on staff are pretty excited about his latest book. For me personally, What is Left the Daughter, was one of the best books I have read in 2010. It is a quiet novel, written as a letter from a estranged father to his daughter, explaining his turbulent life in a straightforward, non-apologetic manner.

July 23, 7 p.m. (Friday):

Vendela Vida, The Lovers.

Vendela Vida of The Believer, and 826 Valencia fame will be coming the Odyssey for her latest novel The Lovers. This book is about a widow who moves to Turkey and the various experiences that she encounters there. Kirkus review said of it "An elegant consideration of how death and distance tightens human connections-- a big theme that Vida addresses with sure-footedness and charm."

July 28, 7 p.m. (Wednesday):

Dori Ostermiller, Outside the Ordinary World.

This novel is a story about the bonds of mothers and daughters, and explores the theme of infidelity. Slyvia, the heroine of this book always swore she would not become her mother, and yet one day she finds that she is going along the same path that her faithless mother Elaine, once chose. Outside the Ordinary World has been chosen as an Indie Next List Notable Book for August 2010.

July 29, 7 p.m. (Friday):

Jon Clinch, Kings of the Earth.

Jon Clinch is no stranger to the Odyssey, he has been her before for his first novel Finn, which was chosen for the first editions club. Publisher's Weekly calls Clinch's latest "a quiet storm of a novel... In Clinch™s multilayered, pastoral second novel (after Finn), a death among three elderly, illiterate brothers living together on an upstate New York farm raises suspicions and accusations in the surrounding community."

Don't be a stranger! Use the excuse to come here some great authors read to visit us and see the renovations!



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