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Starts Here! Featuring Christopher K. Doyle, Jill McCroskey Coupe and Michelle Junot

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Location Bird In Hand, 11 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD
Date Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
Details Baltimore Magazine’s pick as the best reading series in town, this month Starts Here! features Christopher K. Doyle (Purchase), Jill McCroskey Coupe (True Stories at the Smoky View) and Michelle Junot (Notes From My Phone*). Set in 1930s America, Purchase centers on the unlikely friendship between a black fugitive from the law and a white fugitive from an abusive home, and how it changes their lives, their fortunes, and the foundations of country music. Christopher K. Doyle grew up in Brunswick, Maryland, a small town nestled on the banks of the Potomac River and Blue Ridge Mountains. After receiving his MFA from the University of Baltimore, he has written about the origins of country music, an embattled elementary school principal in urban America, and the C&O Canal. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, daughter and bluetick coonhound, all in a cramped row house. True Stories at the Smoky View is a wry, intricate novel about family and friendship, tyranny and justice. Although Vrai, an art history librarian in Baltimore, has not spoken to her friend Skip for over a year, after his sudden death, she dutifully takes his ashes and his dog home to his mother in Knoxville, Tennessee. There, he rescues ten-year-old orphan Jonathan, who has been abandoned in the funeral home parking lot, setting off a ‘kidnapping’ plot. The Blizzard of 1993 soon strands this unlikely duo at the Smoky View Motel, where Jonathan comes across clues pointing to a possible suspect in Skip’s death. By the end of this story of mutual rescue, both Vrai’s and Jonathan’s lives have been changed forever. Jill McCroskey Coupe grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. A former librarian at Johns Hopkins University, she has an MFA in Fiction from North Carolina’s Warren Wilson College. The Southern Appalachians always feel like home to her, but so does Baltimore, where she now lives.
Link http://www.theivybookshop.com/upcomingevent/3741
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