Lovers of good music, good writing and great conversation are invited to a Book Notes Coffeehouse event with short story writers L.E. Kimball and Jack Driscoll on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00pm in the Peter White Public Library’s Community room.
Blues influenced indie band, Northern Wylds, opens the evening with a performance of catchy acoustic pop to driving blues and jazz ballads. Singer-songwriter Natalie Ray, a Berklee College of Music alum on vocals and viola, is accompanied by gifted blues guitarist, Nicklas Johnson, who lays down the foundation of the Northern Wylds sound. Their set list balances an equal amount of originals and indie cover tunes.
The highlight of the evening follows with an author to author conversation between short story writers L. E. Kimball and Jack Driscoll. Both are published authors with Wayne University Press.
L.E. Kimball is the author of A Good High Place, and her newest book, Seasonal Roads, about a mother, daughter, and granddaughter who are as fierce and complex as the northern terrain they inhabit. Kimball’s sensual descriptions of the Upper Peninsula, combined with her hauntingly vivid characters, paint an unforgettable picture in Seasonal Roads. Readers of fiction will enjoy the surprising turns of this collection. Kimball is also an NMU English Department assistant contingent professor and an associate editor for NMU’s Passages North literary journal.
Jack Driscoll is the author of four novels, four poetry collections, and the AWP Short Fiction Award winner Wanting Only to Be Heard. He has also received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the PEN/Nelson Algren Fiction Award, the Pushcart Editors’ Book Award, Pushcart Prizes, PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, and Best American Short Story citations. He currently teaches in Pacific University’s acclaimed low-residency MFA program.
Driscoll’s newest book, The World of a Few Minutes Ago, renders ten stories from the point of view of characters aged fourteen to seventy-seven with a consistently deep understanding of each character’s internal world and emotional struggles. All set against the quiet, powerful northern Michigan landscape, the stories share a sense of longing, amplified by the beautiful but often unforgiving surroundings. With keen attention to the nuances of his characters and their lives, Driscoll explores both their attachments to the past and their as-yet-unseen futures as he considers relationships between loves, old friends, and parents and their children.
A book sale and signing opportunity hosted by Snowbound Books will wind up the evening along with another set of songs performed by Northern Wylds. Refreshments will be served and there is no admission charge to attend. For more information call the Peter White Public Library at 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info.
Peter White Public Library
217 North Front St.
Marquette, MI 49855