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Hannah Pittard returns to The Book Cellar to celebrate her newest novel Visible Empire.
About Hannah Pittard:
Hannah Pittard was born in Atlanta. She is the author of the novels Listen to Me, Reunion, and The Fates Will Find Their Way. She teaches fiction in the MFA program at the University of Kentucky and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
About Visible Empire:
Atlanta, 1962. The thick of the Civil Rights movement, and the arrival of the 60s drugs and parties, hippies and hedonism. It’s June, it’s hot, and there’s no air conditioning to be found. More than 100 of Atlanta’s most prominent and wealthiest residents have escaped the heat, touring Europe on a luxurious arts tour, and having the time of their lives. But Air France Flight 007, chartered to bring these cultural leaders home, crashes upon take off from Paris. At the time, it is the worst civilian plane crash in history leaving behind children, spouses, lovers, friends, and a city on the cusp of great change.
Based on this true story comes Hannah Pittard’s epic novel VISIBLE EMPIRE. Against a background of grief she gives us the journeys of those who must rebuild their city and their lives. It’s the fictional story of the Atlanta mayor, of a young man who has just been denied admission to an integrated school, of a complicated marriage, and more. She gives us people who have just inherited vast sums of money, and some who realize their families didn’t really have money after all. It takes place over the course of a sweltering summer – and looks at history, race, class, grief, and love.
Old St. Pat's Book Group meets to discuss Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.
Never Too Old meets to discuss A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry.
French Book Club meets to discuss their June pick, The Queen's Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis by Joan Dejean.
We will be joined at The Book Cellar by David Pepper and his political thriller The Wingman.
About David Pepper:
David serves as Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. He was first elected to public office in 2001 when he served on the Cincinnati City Council. In 2006 he was elected to the Hamilton County Commission, serving there through 2010. David earned his B.A. from Yale, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. In 1999, he clerked for the Honorable Nathaniel Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He also has taught election and voting rights law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Born and raised in Cincinnati, David is a fifth-generation Cincinnatian. He and his wife Alana have two sons, Jack, 3, and Charlie, 1.
About The Wingman:
David Pepper’s political thrillers—The People’s House and The Wingman—have received critical praise as well as national attention for their prescience and insight on real-world political events. Both stories connect the underbelly and dysfunction of American politics with sinister foreign forces seeking to take advantage of those weaknesses.
In 2016, the Wall Street Journal declared The People’s House, a “sleeper candidate for political thriller of the year.” Politico Magazine recently labeled it: “The political thriller that predicted the Russia scandal.” The article went on to say: “David Pepper’s 2016 novel is eerily similar to recent real-world political events….reads like a user’s guide to the past two years in U.S. politics.” In that article, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm calledPepper “a political nostradamus” for both books.
The sequel, The Wingman, just released, is already receiving equally fulsome praise. Kirkus summarized it as “[a] labyrinthine political thriller that details a plot to steal the American presidency….[E]nergetically paced…. A cinematic and dramatic story full of delightful twists.” A review in The Providence Journal wrote: “Pepper expertly takes the country right to the edge of the precipice…in this political thriller par excellence.”