Book Launch and Author Reading!
Sunday, January 27th, 4-5PM
Steph Post will be launching her latest novel, Miraculum, joined by her friends, Jeff Hess and Arin Greenwood, and they are going to talk about
all the things writers talk about.
Free and open to the public. Please purchase books from Inkwood to have them signed.
ABOUT THE BOOK: This Southern gothic tale follows a bedraggled carnival as it limps through the Deep South.It's 1922, and Pontilliar's Spectacular Star Light Miraculum has been "on its last legs for the past fifteen years." The carnival has a wonderfully odd collection of freaks for public amazement, including a man with a third leg and a geek who bites the heads off chickens. Trouble begins when the geek inexplicably hangs himself--you'd think a geek would have everything to live for--and a handsome, well-dressed stranger named Daniel presents himself to Pontilliar as the "new glomming geek." Protagonist Ruby Chole is Pontilliar's daughter, a sympathetic character who is tattooed from head to toe and plays the snake charmer, Esmeralda the Enchantress. Ruby senses something sinister about Daniel even before the second terrible incident: Daniel challenges gambling addict Tom Given to a dice game of Dead Man All In and wins Tom's beautiful girlfriend, January, who seems to have no say in the matter. Tom then horrifies his carnival colleagues by falling to his death from a Ferris wheel. Among the carnival workers, "There were whispers of madness. And of murderers." Ruby suspects that Daniel has killed both men--or caused them to die. But no one is prepared for the further havoc that befalls the carnival. Daniel reveals himself to the reader as being other than human--as a god, in fact. The "hell-sent geek" has lived as a trickster for countless centuries and is delighted whenever he can cause disasters. In the end, Ruby must find a way to deal with him--she can't kill him, so she had better come up with a trick of her own. This is a tale brimming with imagination and rich in melancholy as it pits the natural against the supernatural and touches on what it means to be human.Great fare for fans of gothic fiction or simply good storytelling.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steph Post is the author of the novels Miraculum, Walk in the Fire, Lightwood, and A Tree Born Crooked. She graduated from Davidson College as a recipient of the Patricia Cornwell Scholarship and winner of the Vereen Bell award, and she holds a Master’s degree in Graduate Liberal Studies from UNCW. Her work has most recently appeared in Garden & Gun, NonBinary Review and the anthology Stephen King’s Contemporary Classics. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a Rhysling Award and was a semi-finalist for The Big Moose Prize. She lives in Florida. Visit her at www.stephpostfiction.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Arin Greenwood is an animal writer, novelist, and former lawyer living in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her husband, Ray; their dog Murray; and their cats Elf, Jack, and Chappy. Arin was animal welfare editor for The Huffington Post. Her stories about dogs, cats, and other critters have appeared in The Dodo, The Washington Post, Slate, Creative Loafing, The Today Show's website, the American Bar Association Journal, and other publications. Arin's third novel, Your Robot Dog Will Die, was published by Soho Teen in 2018. She is also the author of Tropical Depression and Save the Enemy. Find out more at www.aringreenwood.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeffery Hess is the author of the novels Beachhead and Tushhog and the short-story collection Cold War Canoe Club as well as the editor of the award-winning Home of the Brave anthologies. He holds a BA in English from the University of South Florida and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. He served six years aboard the Navy’s oldest and newest ships and since 2007, he’s led the DD-214 Writers’ Workshop for military veterans and their dependents. His new novel, No Salvation about a race riot aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam is forthcoming from Down & Out Books. Find or follow online at jefferyhess.com.