We’re all staying home, but we don’t have to be alone.

Throughout the month of April, your Library Foundation brings the authors to you!

Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., join us on our Facebook page for Final Draught: Home Edition – a FREE virtual chat with a writer. Grab a beer or pour yourself a glass of wine, get comfortable, and learn the stories behind the stories. Looking for a nosh or a growler? Consider takeout from our Final Draught partner, Town Brewing Company!

Inspired to read the books? Local bookstores Park Road Books and Main Street Books will ship books to your home, and e-books are always available through Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

At Home with Kimmery Martin, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7 p.m.

Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor-turned novelist whose works of medical fiction have been praised by The Harvard Crimson, Southern Living, The Charlotte Observer and The New York Times, among others. A lifelong literary nerd, she promotes reading, interviews authors, and teaches writing seminars. She’s a frequent speaker at libraries, conferences, and bookstores around the United States. Kimmery completed her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She lives with her husband and three children in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her latest novel, THE ANTIDOTE FOR EVERYTHING, was released on February 18, 2020.

At Home with Cathy Pickens, Thursday, April 2, 2020 7 p.m.

Publishers Weekly called Cathy’s first mystery Southern Fried, a St. Martin’s Malice Domestic Award winner, an “assured debut, a cozy with some sharp edges.” In addition to writing five books in that series, she is true crime columnist for Mystery Readers Journal. Her latest books are:

  • Charlotte (NC) True Crime Stories (2019)
  • True Crime Stories of Eastern North Carolina (May 2020) (both from History Press).
  • CREATE! Developing Your Creative Process (ICSC Press 2020)

Cathy served as president of national Sisters in Crime, secretary of Mystery Writers of America, and a founding member and president of the Mecklenburg Forensic Medicine Program (an evidence collection/preservation training collaborative). A lawyer and former college professor at in the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, she offers workshops on developing the creative process, coaches and teaches new writers through Charlotte Lit, and works with former inmates on starting their own businesses and writing their own stories.

At Home with Mark de Castrique, Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7 p.m.

Mark de Castrique was born in Hendersonville, NC, near Asheville. He went straight from the hospital to the funeral home where his father was the funeral director and the family lived upstairs. The unusual setting sparked his popular Barry Clayton series and launched his mystery writing career.

Mark is the author of nineteen novels: seven set in the fictional NC mountain town of Gainesboro, seven set in Asheville, two in Washington D.C., one science thriller in the year 2030, and two mysteries written for Middle Graders and set in the Charlotte region.

His novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. The CHICAGO TRIBUNE wrote,“As important and as impressive as the author’s narrative skills are the subtle ways he captures the geography – both physical and human – of a unique part of the American South.”

Mark is a veteran of the broadcast and film production business. In Washington D.C., he directed numerous news and public affairs programs and received an EMMY Award for his documentary film work. Through his company, MARK et al., he writes and produces videos for corporate and broadcast clients.

His years in Washington inspired his DC thrillers, THE 13TH TARGET, involving a terrorist plot against The Federal Reserve, and THE SINGULARITY RACE, a winner-take-all quest for Artificial Intelligence.

Mark and his wife Linda have two daughters: the older, Melissa Thomson, is the author of the Keena Ford Journals, a children’s series published by Penguin Press. His younger daughter, Lindsay, works as a communications consultant in Washington D.C.

Mark lives in Charlotte, but he and his wife Linda can be often found in the NC mountains or the nation’s capital.

At Home with Webb Hubbell, Thursday, April 9, 2020 7 p.m.

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States and Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court is an author and speaker. His award-winning novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, and The Eighteenth Green are published by Beaufort Books. He also writes a daily blog of personal meditations at thehubbellpew.com.

At Home with Brendan Reichs, Tuesday, April 14, 2020 7 p.m.

Brendan Reichs holds degrees from Wake Forest University and The George Washington University School of Law. He is the author of the instant New York Times best-seller Nemesis and its sequels Genesis and Chrysalis, co-author of the middle-grade series The Darkdeep, with Ally Condie, and co-author of the six-volume New York Times and international best-selling Virals series, with Kathy Reichs. Brendan sits on the Executive Board for both YALLFEST and YALLWEST literary festivals and has received a MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Charlotte with his family and a herd of animals that tear up everything.

At Home with Marty Smith, Thursday, April 16, 2020 7 p.m.

Marty Smith is a reporter, host and writer at ESPN, currently in his 14th year with the company. His reporting, feature pieces, interviews and writing can be found across all ESPN platforms, including College GameDay, SportsCenter, SEC Nation, ESPN Radio and ESPN.com; and across all sports and the biggest sporting events, including the College Football Playoff, the NCAA Tournament, The Masters, Kentucky Derby, Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. His weekly podcast, Marty Smith’s America, provides in-depth interviews from celebrities throughout the worlds of sports and entertainment.

Smith’s book, Never Settle: Sports, Family and the American Soul, is a New York Times best-seller. Smith lives in Lake Norman, NC, with his wife Lainie and their three children.

At Home with Nicholas Graham and Cecelia Moore, Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7 p.m.

Author Photo Credit/Nicholas Graham and Cecelia Moore Photo by Kerry Bannen

Nicholas Graham is the university archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cecelia Moore is the former university historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UNC A to Z
What Every Tar Heel Needs to Know about the First State University
You can’t be a real Tar Heel without reading this book

Covering everything from the Old Well to the Speaker Ban and more, UNC A to Z is a concise, easy-to-read introduction to the nation’s first public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Perfect for new students getting to know the campus or alumni who want to learn more about their alma mater, this richly illustrated reference contains more than 350 entries packed with fascinating facts, interesting stories, and little-known histories of the people, places, and events that have shaped the Carolina we know today.

With histories of campus buildings like Old East, gathering places like the Pit, and the many student traditions like the Cardboard Club, the Cake Race, and High Noon, UNC A to Z is the book every Tar Heel will want to keep close at hand.

Open-access eBook available at: https://uncatoz.com

At Home with Karin Slaughter, Thursday, April 23, 2020 7 p.m.

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers.

Published in 37 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Her most recent novel, The Last Widow, features Sara Linton and Will Trent. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her novels Cop Town, The Good Daughterand Pieces of Her are all in development for film and television.

At Home with Leslie Hooton, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 7 p.m.

With Before Anyone Else, Leslie Hooton announces herself as a natural-born storyteller, a writer who can evoke character and place with such finely-tuned details that you find yourself pulled completely into the world that she has created. It’s a sharp examination of work, how it defines us, how it consumes us, and how much it takes to find meaning beyond it. It’s a beautiful book.

-Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here and The Family Fang

About the Book
As a designer of upscale restaurants, 30-year-old Bailey Ann Edgeworth can go into an empty space and immediately see what it would take to transform it into a beautiful and memorable spot. She learns transforming her own life is another proposition entirely. It can get messy and it doesn’t always go according to a neat blue- print. Bailey’s brother, Henry and his best friend Griffin are stars in the restaurant field. They are known as the “Color Wheel Boys” because of their renowned Buckhead restaurants Vert, Blanc and Noir.  Bailey is determined to chart her own course; to not be forever known as Hank’s daughter, Henry’s sister, or “whatever” she is to Griffin.

Bailey’s dreams propel her to New York where her vision garners accolades and fame. After a perceived rejection by Griffin, she rushes into an impetuous marriage with an enigmatic English chef. Their combined charisma and desire lift them to the top of the culinary world. Just when she seems on the verge of having it all, a shocking betrayal throws Bailey’s world into chaos. She begins a spectacular downfall complete with secretive drug use, shady associates, and her career in turmoil. Just what are the secret ingredients to transforming food, a dilapidated building and one’s own life into something extraordinary?

Before Anyone Else examines the complicated relationship between love and ambition and explores how our earliest relationships and experience, shape us into who we ultimately become.

At Home with Patrice Gopo, Thursday, April 30, 2020 7 p.m.

Patrice Gopo was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and she is the child of Jamaican immigrants. Her writing often considers racial identity formation, race relations, and the search for a sense of belonging. Her essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Catapult, Creative Nonfiction, and online in The New York Times and The Washington Post. She is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Literature Fellowship, and her essay collection, All the Colors We Will See, was a Fall 2018 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. When she’s not writing, she enjoys speaking to groups about the power of personal storytelling. She lives with her family in Charlotte. Please visit www.patricegopo.com to learn more.

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