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You are cordially invited to attend a virtual Reading and Author Discussion featuring Carter Sickles and Sherry Robinson, hosted by Shadelandhouse Modern Press, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Prettiest Star (Hub City Press), a Kirkus Best Book of 2020, Winner of the Weatherford Award for Best Books about Appalachia, Winner of the Southern Book Prize, and a Best LGBT Book of 2020 by O Magazine, among many other recognitions. His debut novel The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury) was a 2013 Oregon Book Award finalist, a Triangle Publishing Award finalist, and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Carter lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and is an assistant professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches in the Bluegrass Writers Low-Residency MFA program.

The Prettiest Star, “[t]he story of Brian’s return to small-town Ohio is told in a chorus of voices: Brian’s mother Sharon; his fourteen-year-old sister, Jess, as she grapples with her brother’s mysterious return; and the video diaries Brian makes to document his final summer. Written in prose that seeks “to answer without flinching away from ugliness and without demonizing the ignorant” (Salon), The Prettiest Star offers an urgent portrait of a family in the center of a national crisis, in order to tell a unique story about the politics and fragility of the body, and to explore the bounds of family and redemption.

Courtesy of Hub City Writers Project

Learn more about Carter and The Prettiest Star at https://www.hubcity.org/books/fiction/the-prettiest-star

   Sherry Robinson is the author of two novels, Blessed (Shadelandhouse Modern Press, 2019), a 2019 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Winner, Bronze, Religious (Adult Fiction), a 2019 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Winner (Fiction: General Adult and Religious), and  Finalist in the Fiction: Religious category of the 2020 International Book Awards. Her debut novel My Secrets Cry Aloud (2009) received high praise from Lee Smith and Silas House.  She is the recently retired Vice Provost and Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, where she spent thirteen years specializing in American Literature before moving into administrative positions.

Blessed, a vivid, poignant, and heart-breaking story of small town preacher Grayson Armstrong, is told by multiple characters whose paths intersect with Grayson: a homeless Vietnam veteran haunted by demons of war; the local diner’s young waitress grappling with her family’s dark history; aggrieved and supportive congregants and townspeople confronting change and the power of love and hate; and Grayson’s wife and his coming-of-age gay son, struggling to understand their own feelings about Grayson. “This story has depth; characters’ recollections and experiences result in a complex, multidimensional view of Grayson. …Noteworthy for the questions that it raises, Blessed is an appealing, thought-provoking work…” Foreword Clarion Review


Learn more about Sherry and Blessed at https://smpbooks.com/product/blessed/

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