Fall Local Author Series
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7pm-9pm
Park Road Books
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Kathryn Schwille is the author of the novel, What Luck, This Life, selected by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the best southern books of 2018. Her fiction has appeared in New Letters, Memorious, Literary Hub, Crazyhorse and other literary journals. Her stories have twice received Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. She was an award-winning newspaper reporter before moving to North Carolina to become an editor at The Charlotte Observer. A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she now mentors writers and is on the regular faculty at Charlotte Center for Literary Arts.
What Luck, This Life begins in the aftermath of the 2003 space shuttle disaster, as the townspeople watch their pastures swarm with searchers, and reporters bluster at their doors.
In a chorus of voices spanning places and years, What Luck, This Life explores the Columbia disaster’s surprising fallout for a town beset by the tensions of class, race, and missed opportunity. Evoking Sherwood Anderson’s classic Winesburg, Ohio and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, the novel’s unforgettable characters struggle with family upheaval and mortality’s grip and a luminous book emerges—filled with heartache, beauty and warmth.