André Alexis (Days by Moonlight) and Alyson Hagy (Scribe) will discuss their lyrical novels featuring fictional journeys that challenge reality by incorporating lycanthropic legends, Appalachian folktales, and other lore.
Why should you attend?
“Across all genres, [Alexis] works in astonishingly clear, supple prose that propels readers through the complex philosophical questions—How does an awareness of mortality shape consciousness? What is the relationship, if any, between love and reason? Alexis has time and again proven himself to be a provocative and modern thinker; his work feels ever current, even as it delivers all the humor and warmth of a well-told tale.” —Selection committee for the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize
“Scribe, which begins with the baying of hounds and ends with silence, reminds us on every page that humans remain the storytelling animal, and that therein might lie our salvation…. In this brave new world, a woman with a pen may prove mightier than a man with a sword.” —The New York Times Book Review
This event is part of the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book. A full schedule of events is available here.