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5/14 - "Writers at Work" Series feat. Bren McClain and Caitlin Hamilton Summie

Union Ave Books will present the first event of a new series "Writers at Work" feat. Bren McClain and Caitlin Hamilton Summie. This event will delve into the nature of an author's experience "behind the scenes" as they work to share their thoughts from scribblings on a page, into bookform at your local bookstore and finally landing expectantly into your hands. Caitlin's experience both as a published author (To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts, 2017) and as the leader of a national publicity company (Caitlin Hamilton Marketing) has a grasp of the tools it takes both to craft a piece of writing but to also get it national recognition in the publishing world. Bren's award-winning publication of One Good Mama Bone (2017) has set her as a contemporary staple of southern writing. Encouraged by Mary Alice Monroe's praise-filled foreward to the novel, we will hear how this story about Mama Red has been long in the making and what brought it into the published form you see today.

Punch and hors d'oeuvres will be served!

About Bren McClain

Bren McClain’s critically acclaimed debut novel, One Good Mama Bone, has won the 2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction and the 2019 Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature. It was also named Pulpwood Queen 2017 Book of the Year, a 2017 Great Group Reads by the Women’s National Book Association, a Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) Okra pick, longlisted for SIBA’s Southern Book Prize and a finalist for the 2018 Crook’s Corner Prize. She is at work on her next novel,  which has already received the gold medal for the William Faulkner Novel-in-Progress. Bren lives outside of Nashville, TN on a hundred acre farm she calls “Peace of Soul Acres.”

About Caitlin Hamilton Summie

Caitlin Hamilton Summie earned an MFA with Distinction from Colorado State University, and her short stories have been published in Beloit Fiction Journal, Wisconsin Review, Puerto del Sol, Mud Season Review, Belmont Story Review, Hypertext Magazine, South85 Journal, and Long Story, Short. Her first book, a short story collection called TO LAY TO REST OUR GHOSTS, was published in August 2017 by Fomite. It won the fourth annual Phillip H. McMath Book Award, won Silver in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award for Short Stories, and was included in 35 Over 35’s Annual List in 2017. It was a Pulpwood Queen Book Club Bonus Book for June 2018. Most recently her poetry was published in The Literary Nest. She spent many years in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Colorado before settling with her family in Knoxville, Tennessee. She co-owns the book marketing firm, Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, founded in 2003.

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
Union Ave Books
517 Union Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902
One Good Mama Bone Cover Image
By Bren McClain, Mary Alice Monroe (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781611179828
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of South Carolina Press - November 30th, 2017

To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944388065
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Fomite - March 2017