We recently had the pleasure of having Southern author, C. H. Hooks, visit the bookstore during the book tour for his novel, Alligator Zoo-Park Magic. We decided that we'd like to read this novel for one of our book clubs since we hadn't read any Southern novels recently.
C.H. Hooks is a Florida author whose work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Burrow Press, and Bridge Eight Literary Magazine. He received his MFA from The University of Tampa and is currently a lecturer at the College of Coastal Georgia. Alligator Zoo-Park Magic is his first novel.
So, what is it about? The publisher says: Is Jeffers an Alligator Zoo-Park magician or the Messiah? Two friends live unapologetically on the edge of poverty in the rugged, un-decorous part of the South. Jimmy, a single father with an addict ex, and Jeffers, a magician whose tricks are closer to miracles--both are immersed in a place where trailers and Hot Pockets dominate the landscape, and alligators roam free. When Jimmy witnesses "losing" his best friend to his biggest trick gone awry, he reflects on their lifelong friendship and what it really means to escape.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get signed copies of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of April. If you'd like to purchase online, we have the following the formats available:
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on April 27th at 7:30pm. We'll have free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
This month's choice for the Foggy Pine Book Club is One Second After by William Forstchen. A southern author, Forstchen's dystopian novel is set in Black Mountain, NC--a small mountain town not unlike Boone and only an hour and a half away. In this novel, a weapon called the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has been activated and used, wiping out all of the planet's technologies and plunging everything into chaos.
Here's the official summary:
In this entertaining apocalyptic thriller from William Forstchen, a high-altitude nuclear bomb of uncertain origin explodes, unleashing a deadly electromagnetic pulse that instantly disables almost every electrical device in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Airplanes, most cars, cellphones, refrigerators—all are fried as the country plunges into literal and metaphoric darkness. History professor John Matherson, who lives with his two daughters in a small North Carolina town, soon figures out what has happened. Aided by local officials, Matherson begins to deal with such long-term effects of the disaster as starvation, disease and roving gangs of barbarians.
Looks like we're in for a dark ride this month! You can get your copy of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of the month. If you'd like to purchase online, we have the following the formats available:
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on July 28th at 7:30pm. We'll have free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
Publisher's Weekly Review--"One Second After"
Book TV Interview--"William Forstchen, author of 'One Second After'"
Gaia Interview--"Misconceptions About the 'Survivalist Mentality'"
Foggy Pine Books
Literary Gifts & Events for Boone's Bibliophiles