An Evening with Susan Cushman, author of Friends of the Library
The Pat Conroy Literary Center and NeverMore Books will host Susan Cushman, author of the short story collection Friends of the Library, for a book discussion on Tuesday, September 17, at 5:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the discussion will be followed by a book signing.
ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
When Adele Covington becomes an author in her sixties, she goes on a book tour to speak to the Friends of the Library groups in ten small towns in her home state of Mississippi. Chasing her personal demons through the Christ-haunted South of her childhood, Adele befriends an eclectic group of wounded people and decides to tell their stories. From Eupora to Meridian, from a budding artist with an abusive husband to a seven-year-old with a rare form of cancer, each story contains elements of hope and healing and honors the heart, soul, and history of the Magnolia State.
PRAISE FOR FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
"A beautifully wrought hymn of praise to readers and book-lovers in the most sacred of places, the libraries where we find both." --Cassandra King Conroy, author of The Sunday Wife and Moonrise
"Friends of the Library reminds us of the affecting, empowering ways libraries serve as safe havens for the stories and storytellers in our communities."--Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susan Cushman returned to her native state of Mississippi to speak at Friends of the Library groups in ten small towns in 2017-18, including Oxford, where she had previously studied at the University of Mississippi. Those visits and the people she met inspired the stories in this, her fifth book. Her previously published books include: Cherry Bomb (a novel), Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer's (a memoir), and two anthologies, A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We Are Meant to Be, and Southern Writers on Writing. She was co-director of the 2010 and 2013 Creative Nonfiction Conferences in Oxford (MS) and director of the Memphis Creative Nonfiction Conference in 2011. She has spoken at numerous literary festivals, conferences, and workshops in eight states. Susan lives in Memphis with her husband.
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