Last week’s winter weather prevented Kim Michele Richardson from joining the holiday festivities at FoxTale Book Shoppe. Fortunately, I was able to catch up with her by phone. Kim Michele is a Kentucky native who lives in Louisville at present. She writes unflinchingly about the splendor and violence that co-exist in her home state—and in our world in general—in her books.
Her latest novel, The Sisters of Glass Ferry, opens with a description of a decadent strawberry birthday cake. But we quickly realize that we are not reading about a celebration. We are witnessing a family’s ritual of loss.
Kim Michele Richardson will be back in Atlanta in May. The Sisters of Glass Ferry is part of the TRIO Exhibit that I mentioned in a previous episode of Literary Atlanta. And as Kim Michele pointed out when we talked, the event at FoxTale coincides with the Kentucky Derby. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you see her wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sneaking in a flask of mint juleps. Pencil the party in on May 5th of your 2018 calendar.
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