Monday, April 12, 2010
Kathryn Stockett to "Help" Celebrate Susan R. White's New Novel
A little over a year ago, two young women who both lived in Atlanta but who didn't know each other both had debut novels published on the same day and both told the stories of strong young women grappling with the implications of their own privilege and their growing awareness of injustice around them, especially surrounding the issue of race, and both were written in highly original voices that reflected a forgiving and passionate spirit. Susan Rebecca White's book was Bound South, and not only was it one of my favorite books of the year, it's been one of the best-selling titles at A Cappella since it came out, and it's received great acclaim and strong sales regionally and even nationally. The only way it could have been a more successful debut would be if it were that other book published that same day by a young woman who lived in Atlanta: The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The New York Times Number One Bestseller, and the publishing sensation of 2009 (which we happened to launch at the Decatur Library).
So it is a great thrill that presenting Susan at the launch of her second novel, A Soft Place to Land, this Wednesday evening at the Carter Center, at 7 p.m. is none other than her now good friend, Kathryn Stockett, who called Susan's new book "A beautiful story of the complicated love between two sisters. Book clubs: this is your next pick. I loved this book."
White will be also joined on stage by another popular young Southern writer, Todd Johnson, author of The Sweet By and By.
This promises to be one of the most memorable literary events of the season.
If you can't join us, you can still reserve a signed copy of A Soft Place to Land here.