Upcoming fiction readings: selections from the full event listings for books without spaceships or ghosts

As I mentioned in last week’s roundup of upcoming young reader events, in looking over the newsletter event listings, I didn’t see many “grown up” speculative fiction readings in the coming months — other than of course Monica Byrne’s paperback launch of The Girl in the Road on February 17 and the Wake County Library “Let’s Talk Sci-Fi” series in March. While the picture changes quickly when you turn your focus on middle grade and young reader books, it’s even more crowded if you turn your attention to “mimetic” fiction. So! Here’s a quick preview of what’s coming soon for mystery, historical, literary, and other fiction readers: [Note: one or more of the novels may!? have a ghost, which may or may not exist only in the mind(s) of one or more characters. Close ’nuff.]



10 (Tue) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Charles Belfoure – ‘The Paris Architect’. (Fiction.)

10 (Tue) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Chapel Hill native Nic Brown discusses In Every Way, his new novel set in Chapel Hill and Beaufort. (Fiction.)

11 (Wed) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Melissa Pimentel discusses her novel Love by the Book, with a free drinks/appetizers reception at Lucha Tigre at 6:30 pm. (Fiction.)

11 (Wed) 7 pm — The Regulator hosts Mike Mayo, “Everybody Goes to Jimmy’s” his new mystery novel. (Fiction.)

12 (Thu) 7 pm — The Regulator hosts Samuel Lopez Barrantes, “Slim and the Beast”. (Fiction.)

14 (Saturday) 11 am — McIntyre’s Books hosts Michael Mayo – Everybody Goes to Jimmy’s. (Fiction.)

14 (Saturday) 2 pm — McIntyre’s Books hosts Michael Sears – Long Way Down. (Fiction.)

14-15 (Saturday and Sunday) — The Raleigh Review’s Southern Recitations reading and workshop series presents The Secret Language of Fiction: Weaving Words into Elegant, Meaningful Stories with Marjorie Hudson.

16 (Mon) 7 pm — Flyleaf hosts Samuel Barrantes discusses his novel Slim and the Beast. (Fiction.)


17 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Gabrielle Zevin discusses her novel The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. (Fiction.)

21 (Saturday) 2 pm — McIntyre’s Books hosts Vicki Delany, Erika Chase, & Donis Casey – Molly Weston’s Magical Mystery Tour. (Fiction.)

24 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Tim Dorsey – ‘Shark Skin Suite: A Novel’. (Fiction.)

26 (Thu) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Phil Klay – ‘Redeployment’ for the paperback release of his National Book Award winner. (Fiction.)

27 (Fri) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Heather Webb – ‘Rodin’s Lover’. (Historical fiction.)

28 (Sat) 2 pm — McIntyre’s Books hosts Jonathan Odell – Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. (Historical fiction.)


MARCH 2015

9 (Mon) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Mary Doria Russell – ‘Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral’. (Fiction.)

10 (Tue) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Jeremy Hawkins launches his debut novel The Last Days of Video. (Fiction.)

11 (Wed) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts David Joy discusses his novel Where All Light Tends to Go. (Fiction.)

12 (Thu) 7 pm — The Regulator hosts David Joy, “Where All Light Tends to Go”. (Fiction.)

14-15 (Saturday and Sunday) – The Raleigh Review’s Southern Recitations reading and workshop series presents Stories in Stanzas: Writing the Longer Narrative Poem with Joseph Bathanti.

18 (Wed) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Jeremy Hawkins – ‘The Last Days of Video’. “We have to cheer when a bookseller gets a novel published.  Jeremy Hawkins, of our fellow independent Flyleaf in Chapel Hill,  brings us The Last Days of Video.  Check out his debut novel on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 pm.  “Funny, raucous, and deliciously irreverent” —Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” (Fiction.)

24 (Tue) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Liza Wieland – ‘Land of Enchantment’. (Fiction.)

25 (Wed) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Jamie Kornegay discusses Soil, his debut novel. (Fiction.)

26 (Thu) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Jamie Kornegay – ‘Soil’. (Fiction.)

APRIL 2015

2 (Tue) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Skip Horack discusses his new novel The Other Joseph. (Fiction.)

8 (Wed) 7 pm — The Regulator hosts Liza Wieland, “Land of Enchantment”. (Fiction.)

9 (Thu) 7 pm — The Regulator Bookshop hosts Jeremy Hawkins, “The Last Days of Video”. (Fiction.)

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