We’ve got a lot going on this month at The Booksellers at Laurelwood. These are just a few of the events we’ll be hosting.
Presented in partnership with writer & artist cooperative Imagicopter, The Booksellers at Laurelwood is pleased to present the 3rd Annual LaurelwoodCon (previously known as DKCon). Our panel of featured guests includes:
Tuesday, August 23rd
• A. Christoper Drown, A Mage of None Magi
• Missa Dixon, Interviews of the Ark
• Marvin R. Williamson, Krypendorf and Pragamore
• Earnest Lawson, artist
Wednesday, August 24th
• Robert J. Krog, Stone Maiden and Other Tales
• Windsong Levitch , Lighter Side of Dark
• David Nora, Dragons Composed
Thursday, August 25th
• Jackie Gamber, Redheart
• Luther Knight, Myrtle Beach, Cache River, and Tomato Patch
• Herika R. Raymer, Best Left Buried
• Sam Flegal, artist
Phillip R. Ratcliffe signs Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues on August 4th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
When Mississippi John Hurt (1892-1966) was “rediscovered” by blues revivalists in 1963, his musicianship and recordings transformed popular notions of pre-war country blues. At 71 he moved to Washington, D.C., from Avalon, Mississippi and became a live-wire connection to a powerful, authentic past. His intricate and lively style made him the most sought-after musician among the many talents the revival brought to light. Mississippi John Hurt provides this legendary creator’s life story for the first time. Biographer Philip R. Ratcliffe traces Hurt’s roots to the moment his mother Mary Jane McCain and his father Isom Hurt were freed from slavery. Anecdotes from Hurt’s childhood and teenage years include the destiny-making moment when his mother purchased his first guitar for $1.50 when he was only nine years old. Stories from his neighbors and friends, from both of his wives, and from his extended family round out the community picture of Avalon. U.S. census records, Hurt’s first marriage record in 1916, images of his first autographed LP record, and excerpts from personal letters written in his own hand provide treasures for fans. Ratcliffe details Hurt’s musical influences and the origins of his style and repertoire. The author also relates numerous stories from the time of his success, drawing on published sources and many hours of interviews with people who knew Hurt well, including the late Jerry Ricks, Pat Sky, Stefan Grossman and Max Ochs, Dick Spottswood, and the late Mike Stewart. In addition, some of the last photographs taken of the legendary musician are featured for the first time.
Allan Ansorge Signs and Discusses Crossing the Center Line on Tuesday August 30th 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Someone is trying to kill Carl Fletcher, and for the life of him he can’t figure out why after an apparent hit and run accident that cost the life of his fiancée, the full use of his right leg, and his career. While Carl is out of town another attempt is made on his life. Mike McCaffery, Carl’s ex-partner in the Sheriff’s Department of Lake County, Wisconsin, is not happy to find that the department is doing little to find out who is hunting Carl. With the help of Carl’s internet-addicted mother (who has been known to carry a side arm in her shopping bag), he sets out to find who wants Carl dead and try and stop the,. This group is joined by several volunteer sleuths who, between bouts of gunfire and legal shenanigans, discover not only their quarry, but also a little romance.
Sheila Whalum was dumbstruck by the statistical data about divorces just from the year 2010. One of the top reasons for divorce is infidelity. But why is this so? In The Stimulus Package, the author probes deeper into the root of cheating, studying cases of famous divorced couples and pointing out what might have been the flaws in the relationship, so that other women may know what to watch out for and how not to be deceived. A witty and honest look into the bitter truth of lies and infidelity
Kevin Wilson signs and discusses The Family Fang on August 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Kevin Wilson writes with a hint of Wes Anderson & David Sedaris: Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art. Their children called it mischief. Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents’ madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents’ strange world. When the lives they’ve built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance – their magnum opus – whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what’s ultimately more important: their family or their art. Filled with Kevin Wilson’s endless creativity, vibrant prose, sharp humor, and keen sense of the complex performances that unfold in the relationships of people who love one another, The Family Fang is a masterfully executed tale that is as bizarre as it is touching.
The first biography of a blues creator whose stylings influenced almost every form of 20th century popular music. Bobby “Blue” Bland’s silky smooth vocal style and captivating live performances helped propel the blues out of Delta juke joints and into urban clubs and upscale theaters. Until now, his story has never been told in a book-length biography. Soul of the Man relates how Bland, along with longtime friend B.B. King, and other members of the loosely knit group who called themselves the Beale Streeters, forged a new electrified blues style in Memphis in the early 1950s. Combining elements of Delta blues, southern gospel, big-band jazz, and country and western music, Bland and the Beale Streeters were at the heart of a revolution. This biography traces Bland’s life and recording career, from his earliest work through his first big hit in 1957, “Farther Up the Road.” It goes on to tell the story of how Bland scored hit after hit, placing more than sixty songs on the R&B charts throughout the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. While more than two-thirds of his hits crossed over onto pop charts, Bland is surprisingly not widely known outside the African American community. Nevertheless, many of his recordings are standards, and he has created scores of hit albums such as his classic 1961 Two Steps from the Blues, widely considered one of the best blues albums of all time. Soul of the Man contains a select discography of the most significant recordings made by Bland, as well as a list of all his major awards. A four-time Grammy nominee, he received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Blues Foundation, as well as the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award. He was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame. This biography at last heralds one of America’s great music makers