Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM
200 Zilker Clubhouse Rd. (off Rollingwood Dr.)
Libations and Fine Fare from Live Oak Brewery and Curra's Grill
Free for Library Foundation members; Non-members: $10
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Join us in celebrating the publication of former Austinite Scott Blackwood’s latest novel, See How Small, a fictional account of the still-unsolved "yogurt shop murders" that took place in 1991.
At the book launch, Blackwood will speak with award-winning journalist Jordan Smith (formerly of The Austin Chronicle), who covered the crime and the subsequent investigation. Blackwood will also join Regin Altay, the Chicago-based actress who voiced the See How Small audiobook, to read excerpts from the novel.
Book sales and signing will follow.
All proceeds will benefit the Austin Public Library Friends Foundaiton.
Event sponsors include Jack White’s Third Man Records and Revenant Records; Little, Brown and Company; Texas Book Festival and Book People.
ABOUT THE BOOK: See How Small begins on a late autumn evening in Austin, Texas, when two strangers enter an ice-cream shop shortly before closing time and attack and murder the three girls working the counter. The novel is a tale of the survivors—family members, witnesses, and suspects—enduring the tragedy’s aftermath. See How Small weaves the effects and consequences of the girls’ deaths through the years that follow, navigating the complexities of the crime and how it affects those closest to them, even the girls themselves, whose voices still echo after their deaths. The teenagers hover among the living, watching over the town, attempting to connect with and enliven those left behind. “See how small a thing it is that keeps us apart,” they marvel. Publisher’s Weekly says See How Small is “a genre-defying novel of powerful emotion, intrigue, and truth. … Blackwood explores the effects of senseless crime on an innocent, tightly knit community, using deft prose to mine the essence of human grief and compassion.” Ben Fountain, the Texas author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and a featured author in the Library Foundation’s 2013 Mayor’s Book Club, offers this praise for the novel: “See How Small is superb. In prose that’s as fine as any being written today, Scott Blackwood plumbs the depths of a story that is alternately haunting, terrifying, and achingly tragic. Blackwood illuminates the human condition even as he breaks our hearts.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Blackwood is the author of two previous books of fiction, In the Shadow of Our House and We Agreed to Meet Just Here, and the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award. He’s also the author of the 2015 Grammy nominated The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, a book of narrative nonfiction co-published by Jack White’s Third Man and Revenant Records. A Texan and a long-time resident of Austin, Blackwood now lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter and teaches fiction writing in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University.
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