Verse & Vino Authors 2017

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This year's lineup features food, poetry, mystery, and everything in between!

  • Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and the acclaimed This Dark Road to Mercy. He won the SIBA Book Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and has been nominated for many more awards.  New Release: The Last Ballad
  • Nikki Giovanni - poet, activist, mother, and professor - is a seven-time NAACP Image Award winner, the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, and holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, among many other honors. She is the author of twenty-eight books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry CollectionNew Release: A Good Cry
  • Jamie Ford is author of the New York Times best-sellers Songs of Willow Frost and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. New Release: Love and Other Consolation Prizes
  • Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell are the founders of Beekman 1802, a lifestyle company with a focus on seasonal living around their farm in Sharon Springs, NY. They were the stars for two seasons of The Fabulous Beekman Boys, and are the authors of three previous cookbooks and a quarterly magazine. New Release: Beekman 1802: A Seat at the Table
  • Kate White is the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and the New York Times best-selling author of several standalone psychological thrillers and six Bailey Weggins mysteries. White is also the author of several popular career books for women. New Release: Even if it Kills Her

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Wiley Cash

The Last Ballad

The author of the celebrated bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events, that chronicles an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice, with the emotional power of Ron Rash’s Serena, Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day, and the unforgettable films Norma Rae and Silkwood.

Twelve times a week, twenty-eight-year old Ella May Wiggins makes the two-mile trek to and from her job on the night shift at American Mill No. 2 in Bessemer City, North Carolina. The insular community considers the mill’s owners—the newly arrived Goldberg brothers—white but not American and expects them to pay Ella May and others workers less because they toil alongside African Americans like Violet, Ella May’s best friend. While the dirty, hazardous job at the mill earns Ella May a paltry nine dollars for seventy-two hours of work each week, it’s the only opportunity she has. Her no-good husband John has run off again, and she must keep her four young children alive with whatever she can find.

When the union leaflets first come through the mill, Ella May has a taste of hope, a yearning for the better life the organizers promise. But the mill owners, backed by other nefarious forces, claim the union is nothing but a front for the Bolshevik menace sweeping across Europe. To maintain their control, the owners will use every means in their power, including lies, threats, and bloodshed, to prevent workers from banding together. On the night of the county’s biggest rally, Ella May, weighing the costs of her choice, makes up her mind to join the movement—a decision that will have lasting consequences for her children, her friends, her town—indeed all that she loves.

Seventy-five years later, Ella May’s daughter Lilly, now an elderly woman, tells her nephew about his grandmother and the events that transformed their family. Illuminating the most painful corners of their history, she reveals, for the first time, the whole story of what happened to Ella May after that fateful union meeting in 1929.

   

About the Author

Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and the acclaimed This Dark Road to Mercy. He won the SIBA Book Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and has been nominated for many more awards. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and is the writer in residence at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife and two daughters. 

 

Nikki Giovanni

A Good Cry

One of America’s most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her.

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive issues, including race and gender, that touch our national consciousness.

As energetic and relevant as ever, Nikki now offers us an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. In A Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents’ marriage and her early life. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Nikki also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou’s death in 2014.

 

About the Author

Nikki Giovanni, poet, activist, mother, and professor, is a seven-time NAACP Image Award winner and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, and holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, among many other honors. The author of twenty-eight books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, she is the University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

 

Jamie Ford

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Inspired by a true story, this is the unforgettable story of a young boy named Ernest, set during the 1909 Seattle world's fair called the Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo. It is a time when the magical wonders of technology on display at the Expo make the future seem limitless. But for Ernest, a half-Chinese orphan who found his way to America through a last desperate act of his beloved mother, every door is closed. A charity student at a boarding school, he has never really had a place to call home. Then one day, his wealthy sponsor announces that if a home is what he wants, then that is what he will have: Ernest will be offered as a prize in the daily raffle at the fair, advertised as "Healthy boy to a good home for the winning ticket holder." The woman who "wins" him is the madam of a notorious brothel who was famous for educating her girls. He becomes a houseboy in her brothel and is befriended by the daughter of the madam, as well as a Japanese girl who works in the kitchen. The friendship and love between these three form the first real family Ernest has ever known.

 

About the Author

The son of a Chinese American father, Jamie Ford is author of the New York Times best-sellers Songs of Willow Frost and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Having grown up in Seattle, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

 

Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Beekman 1802: A Seat at the Table

When Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell both lost their jobs in the Recession of 2008 and decamped to a small farming community in upstate New York to start their lives over, they relied on the help of their neighbors to teach them virtually everything they needed to know to start a surprisingly complex "simple life." As their farm grew, so did their collection of artisans that make up the lifestyle company they created and named Beekman 1802. So too did the little village of Sharon Springs, NY, which is now on the verge of a major rebirth of its own. 

This is Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell's fourth cookbook, and their most personal yet. Based on the beautiful community the authors found when they moved from New York City to Sharon Springs, this gorgeously illustrated cookbook embodies the traditional story of stone soup, in which everyone brings their small piece to the pot to create a sum much greater than its parts. Every recipe, every story, every page is flavored with the seasoning and spice that only a diverse community can bring and each recipe has a photo shot entirely in natural light. With recipes organized by season and interwoven with imaginative menus, stories of the creative friends and neighbors who are part of the authors' small town, and tips and tricks for making the varied dishes, readers will turn to this book again and again to nourish their own communities.  

Whether roasting a turkey for a November Friendsgiving, pulling some frozen-in-season Zucchini-Blossom Squares for last-minute holiday guests, enjoying fresh pea pesto and crostini for a springtime supper, or quick pickling summer garden overages, there will always be a seat at the table.

 

About the Authors

Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell are the founders of Beekman 1802, the lifestyle company centered around their farm in Sharon Springs, NY, with a focus on seasonal living. They were the stars for two seasons of The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Planet Green, Cooking Channel) and have been featured on "The Martha Stewart Show," "Rachael Ray," "Dr. Oz," "NPR," "ABC World News with David Muir," theNew York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Vanity Fair, among others. Together they are the authors of three previous cookbooks: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook, The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook, and The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook and publish Beekman 1802 Almanac, a quarterly magazine. Their Beekman 1802 products are featured in stores including Target; Bed, Bath and Beyond; and Bloomingdales. Learn more about their life on the farm at beekman1802.com.

 

Kate White

Even if it Kills Her

Kate White returns to her New York Times bestselling Bailey Weggins series with a riveting new mystery featuring this beloved true-crime journalist turned amateur sleuth in her most spellbinding case to date.

Bailey Weggins’ great new friend in college, Jillian Lowe, had everything going for her. Pretty, popular, and whip-smart, she lit up any room that she walked into. All of that dramatically changed during her sophomore year, when a neighbor became unhinged and murdered her family. Jillian immediately left school, and ever since, Bailey has felt guilty for not staying in closer contact and being a greater support to her friend.

Now, sixteen years later, Bailey is shocked to see Jillian at her book event, and even more stunned when her still-gorgeous friend approaches her with a case. The man accused of murdering her family is on the brink of being cleared of the crime through new DNA evidence. With the real killer walking free, Jillian is desperate for Bailey’s help to identify him and allow her the closure she yearns for.

As the two women return to Jillian’s childhood town to investigate, it doesn’t take long for their sleuthing to cause shock waves. Someone starts watching their every move. As they uncover deeply-guarded secrets, so shocking that they make Jillian rethink her entire relationship to her family, Bailey and Jillian find themselves in great peril. They must decide just how much they’re willing to risk to finally discover the truth about the Lowe family’s murder.

 

About the Author

Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times best-selling author of the standalone psychological thrillers The Secrets You Keep, The Wrong Man, Eyes on You, Hush, and The Sixes, as well as six Bailey Weggins mysteries. White is also the author of several popular career books for women, including I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve and editor of the Anthony and Agatha Award nominated The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. She lives in New York City.

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