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8/2 - SILAS HOUSE - Clay's Quilt, The Coal Tattoo, & A Parchment of Leaves

Union Ave Books invites you to attend a virtual book event with Silas House to present his newly re-released award-winning debut and backlist titles: CLAY'S QUILT, THE COAL TATTOO, & A PARCHMENT OF LEAVES. This virtual event takes place on August 2nd @ 2pm (EDT) on Zoom. Follow these steps to guarantee your attendance.

Please read ALL instructions carefully. Thank You!

***UPDATE*** - To attend the reading portion of the event, all you have to do is RSVP by emailing with "SILAS HOUSE" in the subject line. If you would like to participate in the virtual signing line purchase a book and follow the directions below. 

1) PURCHASE A COPY OF 1 OF THESE 3 TITLES (or all THREE if you'd like):

          ONLINE - CLAY'S QUILTTHE COAL TATTOO, OR A PARCHMENT OF LEAVES (you can add to your cart below as well)

          OVER THE PHONE - Call 865-951-2180 and pay with card over the phone.

          *** Please note, you may pick up these books in advance of the event BUT we do not expect them to be signed or personalized until after the event date.***


          ONLINE - It automatically requires an email address to place an order. If you've purchased a book, we'll automatically add you to the invite list. 

          OVER THE PHONE - After you've paid for the books. Please provide an active email address to receive the zoom link. 

          ***We'll send the zoom link to the email address provided on the day of the event, August 2nd.***


          ONLINE - In the notes/comments section of your order clarify the following: 1) Do you want a signed copy? 2) To whom do you want it personalized (ex. To Betty) 3) Would you like to participate in a one-on-one signing line following the event (Y/N). If you leave the comment blank. We will assume that you want an unsigned copy and that you will not be participating in the virtual one-on-one signing line.

          OVER THE PHONE -  Be prepared to answer the following questions: 1) Do you want a signed copy? 2) To whom do you want it personalized (ex. To Betty) 3) Would you like to participate in a virtual one-on-one signing line following the event (Y/N).

And you're set!!!

We'll provide more detail on the logisitics of the reading and signing line the week before the event. 


Silas House is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, one book of creative nonfiction, and three plays. His writing has appeared frequently in the New York Times and has been published in Time, Newsday, Garden and Gun, Oxford American, and many other places. House is the winner of an E.B. White Award, the Nautilus Award, the Intellectual Freedom Prize from the National Council of Teachers of English, the Storylines Prize from the New York Public Library/NAV Foundation, and many other honors, as well as being long listed for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. He teaches at Berea College and in the Spalding University School of Writing.


In his New York Times bestselling debut novel, Silas House introduced himself as an important voice for Appalachia, and indeed, for the entire rural South. In Clay's Quilt, now a touchstone for his many fans, House takes us to Free Creek, Kentucky, where a motherless young man forges his path to adulthood, surrounded by ancient mountains and his blood relatives and adopted kin: his Aunt Easter tied to her faith and foreboding nature; his Uncle Paul, the quilter; the wild girls Evangeline and Alma; and a fiddler whose music calls to Clay's heart. As he struggles to stitch up the void created by his mother's death, Clay pieces together his own life's quilt, all masterfully wrought by House.

In World War II-era rural Kentucky, twenty-two-year-old Easter and Anneth, her teenaged sister, lose their parents young, so they must raise each other. Easter finds her life in the Pentecostal Holiness church and its music, while Anneth dances and drinks in less-than-holy honky-tonks. Will the differences in their young lives and in their very natures tear them apart or will the bond of the sisters prevail? In lucid prose with an ear for the voice of the sisters' time and place, Silas House brings readers a rich and moving story of coal country.

This novel was named The Appalachian Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize.

In this nationally bestselling novel, A Parchment of Leaves, Silas House produced an iconic story of 1900s rural mountain Kentucky that remains a favorite of many of his fans.

On his way to find work in the Redbud Camp, Saul Sullivan encounters a Cherokee girl who is said to possess a beauty that brings death to the men who see her. Saul, however, is irrevocably drawn to Vine the moment he lays eye on her and believes they are meant to be married, over the objections of her mother and his. Despite her misgivings, Saul's mother, Esme, and his brother Aaron take to Vine from the moment she comes to God's Creek. In fact, Vine realizes from the start that Aaron's interest in her is far more than brotherly. When Saul must leave Vine behind for a year of work, troubling and violent events follow his departure, and Vine's spirit and her love are put to the ultimate test.

This novel was the Winner of the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a Finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize.

Blair brings this novel into a beautiful new paperback edition, along with two other Silas House novels, Clay's Quilt and The Coal Tattoo. The three novels, which share a common setting and some characters, are companion novels. They may be read individually, in any order, but collectively, they form a rich tableau of life in rural mountain Kentucky in the last century.

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 2, 2020 - 2:00pm
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Clay's Quilt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949467246
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blair - July 7th, 2020

The Coal Tattoo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949467260
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blair - July 7th, 2020

A Parchment of Leaves Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949467253
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blair - July 7th, 2020

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