INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Amy Franklin-Willis will present a reading at Sierra Nevada College on Oct. 19 from 7-9 p.m. in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Studies (TCES) room 139.
Her debut novel, "The Lost Saints of Tennessee," is a story of struggle, heartbreak, compassion and ultimately redemption in a hard scrabble Southern setting.
The novel was described by Bookpage as "Pitch-perfect ... A measured, slow-burning book, with complex, compelling characters and secrets that reveal themselves slowly. A beautiful novel from a talented new author, 'The Lost Saints of Tennessee' proves that in great literature, as in life, we must always expect the unexpected."
The novel, released in February 2012, has garnered praise from The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly other journals as well as from writers including Pat Conway and Dorothy Allison.
The event is free and open to all. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and a book signing reception will follow the reading.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, Franklin-Willis will conduct a workshop on novel writing from 9 a.m. to noon at Sierra Nevada College, also in TCES 139. The registration fee for the Saturday workshop is $50. To register, contact Jane Rainwater, Assistant to the Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.