The Book Cellar presents our annual Local Author Night! This month's authors include Paulette Livers(Cementville), Jennifer Jordan (Edible Memory), and Angela Doll Carlson (Nearly Orthodox). Enjoy short readings from the authors, followed by a Q&A discussion and book signing.
Livers is the author of the novel Cementville which, with Joyce Carol Oates and Isabel Allende, was awarded the Elle magazine Lettres Prize 2014 and was recently long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award by the Center for Fiction. She grew up in Kentucky and has lived and worked in Louisville, Atlanta, and Boulder as a painter, illustrator, and book designer for publishers around the country. A member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she now lives in Chicago.
With talk of military homecomings in the air, it’s a relevant moment for the arrival of “Cementville,” an ambitious contemplation of grief, violence and the aftermath of war in a tiny Southern town. . . . . With nods to not only Dickens but Nathaniel Hawthorne and Shirley Jackson too, Livers asserts the novel’s far-reaching intentions via her deployment of ornate, high-powered language. This thought-provoking debut wears its literary aspirations like a velvet funeral gown, calling attention to the grim legacies of combat and the changing realities of small-town U.S.A. As another bloody American entanglement staggers to a close, “Cementville” makes it clear that the consequences of warfare reverberate much further than on battlefields, for civilians as well as soldiers. —Atlanta Journal Constitution
In Edible Memory, Jennifer Jordan examines the ways that people around the world have sought to identify and preserve old-fashioned varieties of produce. Jordan interviews farmers who are devoted to restoring heirloom fruits and vegetables and offers a powerful retelling of our many historical connections with these foods, from the heirloom tomato (now ubiquitous with the farm to table movement) to antique apples; changing tastes in turnips and related foods like kale and parsnips; and the poignant, perishable world of stone and tropical fruit. Along the way she reveals the connections—the edible memories—these heirlooms offer for farmers, gardeners, chefs, diners, and home cooks.
Angela Doll Carlson is a poet and essayist best known for her work as Mrs Metaphor found on her blog at Mrsmetaphor.com. She connects the dots of daily life in an attempt to humbly reach the deep "a-ha" we all seek. Angela began to write as Mrs Metaphor in 2006 and has maintained a modest but dedicated following ever since. Angela currently lives in Chicago.
From Catholic schoolgirl to punk rocker to emergent church planter, Angela Doll Carlson traveled a spiritual path that in many ways mirrors that of a whole generation. She takes us with her on a deep and revealing exploration of the forces that drove her toward Orthodoxy and the challenges that long kept her from fully entering in.