Apollo Pizza's Pages & Pints Reading Series brings together two of the most heralded authors working today in a special event co-sponsored by Country Boy Brewing.
Frank Bill is the author of the novel Donnybrook and the story collection Crimes in Southern Indiana, named one of GQ's favorite books of 2011 and a Daily Beast best debut of 2011. Reviewers have compared Bill's latest novel The Savage to the work of Margaret Atwood, Cormac McCarthy, and Chuck Palahniuk. At the same time The Savage is being released to bookstores, the Donnybrook movie is filming with Frank Grillo in the lead role. There is no hotter novelist at this very moment than Frank Bill.
Mark Powell has been called the " best Appalachian novelist of his generation" by Ron Rash, and a writer "on the verge of greatness" by Pat Conroy. He is the author of five novels, including his most recent, Small Treasons from Simon & Schuster. Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia. In 2009 he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and the Citadel. He lives in the mountains of North Carolina where he teaches at Appalachian State University.
Readings start at 8:00 but most attendees arrive early for dinner and drinks. We ask that no one come or go from the reading room while the authors are reading, except at breaks. Copies of books will be available for purchase from Brier Books and the authors will be happy to sign and discuss them. Admission is free.
Country Boy Brewing is taking over the Apollo Pizza taps the night of the reading, branded pint glasses will be available, and there will be other swag.
Due to content, we ask that children not attend this installment of Pages & Pints.