Tasha Cotter will be reading and signing Us, in Pieces, her debut novel with co-author Christopher Green, and she will also be reading from and signing her poetry books.
While you are out enjoying the Saturday Lexington Farmers’ Market at the 5/3 Pavilion, stop by the Homegrown Authors table to meet Kentucky writer SHERRY ROBINSON, author of Blessed and My Secrets Cry Aloud and buy books for you and your friends!
Fans of nuanced and inspiring fiction will love Tasha Cotter and Christopher Green’s “fresh, and witty love story” Us, In Pieces! Stop on by your local Barnes & Noble to meet local Lexington (and UK Graduate) author Tasha Cotter and pick up her new novel!
In Blessed, Sherry Robinson has created an eclectic cast of characters who could live in any American small town. Everyone here is searching for their own mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Robinson is a rare voice who explores many angles of a situation, including those that might seem easily defined as right or wrong; good or bad; evil or virtuous. In the end, even those people who seem most confident in their beliefs come to see that nothing—in religion, friendships, family, or life—is so simple.
—NATALIE SYPOLT, author of The Sound of Holding Your Breath
The characters inside Blessed are so real readers will feel they could shake their hands after a Sunday sermon. The descriptions of church are vivid: you can smell the familiar scent of a dusty sanctuary, hear golden-toned, gospel music humming from the choir room, and feel the heft of a rugged, time-tattered hymnal in your hands. Despite such striking descriptions, Robinson is able to step back and weave this wonderful tale simply, with a calmness of tone and straightforwardness that lets the characters speak for themselves. She does this to great effect. Blessed is a beautifully-written story told by a tremendously talented writer.
—FRANK REDDY, author of Eyes on the Island and award-winning journalist
Sherry Robinson has a true understanding of small towns and their spiritual turmoils. In Blessed she gives us the compelling story of the town of Mercy, through its characters and their attempts to understand the words of Christ and the conflicts that result from their differing interpretations. She writes with such clear humanity that I knew each character in the town, and therefore knew the town itself. She has a rare gift for making true characters involved in an absorbing narrative, and to our benefit she has chosen to write about real people struggling with faith, belief, and action. Her work here is so true, so immediate and compelling, that it is hard to put down.
—CARRIE MULLINS, author of Night Garden
“These poems are at once cerebral, naturalistic, and elegiac. Blessedly free of any dogma, they are a most welcome and refreshing read.” —Chris Holbrook
“James Riley has produced an elegiac collection that also celebrates the mystery of existence, reminding us, like the poet H. D., that the mysteries remain.”—Rhonda Pettit
“There is a grave tenderness in these poems…a mixture of love and pain and grief and hilarity.”—Mary Ann Taylor-Hall
“If as readers we are willing to consider Einstein’s posit that the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one, then Broken Frequencies offers proof of this connection and more.” —Audrey Naffziger
Broken Frequencies confronts the disconnect between the present and the past in our personal lives. Each poem is a search for meaning in an otherwise random sequence of events which lean always toward the relationships which lend significance to our lives, the connections between those we love and those we have lost, and the many possible futures each moment implies. From “The Heart’s Sad Music,” there is no escaping the realization that We are surrounded by the ghosts of those we love.
JAMES ALAN RILEY is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, and an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. He edited Kentucky Voices: A Collection of Contemporary Kentucky Short Stories (PC Press, 1999). His work has appeared in The Louisville Review, Kentucky Monthly, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Appalachian Heritage, The Connecticut Review, The Greensboro Review, West Branch, and a number of other literary magazines over the years. Riley received his Ph.D. in Modern British and American Literature from Ohio University in Athens and a Masters in English from the University of Arkansas. He is currently the English Program Coordinator and a Professor of English at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Kentucky, where he has taught since 1987. James’s new poetry book titled, Broken Frequencies will be published by Shadelandhouse Modern Press.