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Reader Meet Writer • Kim Powers

You are invited to attend an event in the Reader Meet Writer series with Kim Powers on August 11, 4:00 PM CST. To participate, please email events@ernestandhadleybooks.com or respond to the E&H Facebook event by Monday, August 10. We will then send you the Zoom link and passcode to participate. And it's all FREE. If you want to buy the book, it will be available on the E&H eCommerce website at 15% off from August 11 to 14 (hardcover only).

It’s the late 1960s in McKinney, Texas. At the downtown theater and the local drive-in, movies—James BondMy Fair LadyAlfie, and Doctor Zhivago—feed the dreams and obsessions of ten-year-old Clarke who loves Audrey, Elvis, his family, and the handsome boy in the projector booth. Then Clarke loses his beloved mother. And no one will tell him how she died. No one will tell her either. She is floating above the trees and movie screens of McKinney, trapped between life and death, searching for a glimpse of her final moments on this earth. The shattering answer haunts Rules for Being Dead, Kim Powers’ darkly humorous and incredibly moving novel. An unlikely love child of Mark Childress’ Crazy in Alabama and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, this book pays homage to the movies of the 1960s and vividly conjures the machinations of small-town Texas with a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected tenderness. Native Texan Kim Powers brings a steady hand to all proceedings, including a ghostly mother, an evil stepmother, a clueless father, and a full cast of misfits--all orchestrated within a lively plot which is anything but predictable.

Kim Powers is a two-time Emmy winner and author of the novels Dig Two Graves and Capote in Kansas, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir The History of Swimming, a Barnes & Noble Discover Book and Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Memoir of the Year. He also wrote the screenplay for the festival-favorite indie film Finding North and the new play Sidekicked, a “one broad comedy” about Vivian Vance. Powers is the Senior Writer for ABC's 20/20, part of the team that has received an unprecedented three consecutive Edward R. Murrow Awards. A native Texan, he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. In 2007, he was selected by Out Magazine for the influential "Out 100" list. He lives in Manhattan and Asbury Park, NJ.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Address: 
1928 7th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1829
Rules for Being Dead Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781949467352
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Blair - August 4th, 2020

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