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Lee Smith Discusses Blue Marlin with Wiley Cash on Facebook Live

Wednesday, May 20   |   4:00 pm

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Pulling out the big guns for our first virtual event! You won’t want to miss this. And if you haven’t already like our page, now is your chance to show some love.

New York Times best-selling author Lee Smith brings her masterful storytelling magic to this jewel of a novella that follows Jenny, an adventurous 13-year-old, down to Key West for a patched-up family vacation following the discovery of her father’s affair.

At the Blue Marlin Motel, Jenny, her beautiful socialite mother, and chastened father share their sunny days with movie stars who are in town to film Operation Petticoat. This story—though it travels miles away from the Appalachia that is Smith’s home ground—represents this iconic writer at her very best: sharp characterizations, wry humor, perfect pitch, and a profound understanding of human nature.

Born in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia, Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and, most recently, Guests on Earth. She has received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; her novel The Last Girls was a New York Timesbestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther.

Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. The founder of the Open Canon Book Club and co-founder of the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency, he has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Weymouth Center. He serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and lives in North Carolina.

Lee signed bookplates for us (so you can have a signed copy!), and Mr. Cash graciously agreed to interview her. Books are available online or by calling McIntyre’s 919.542.3030.