Southern Lit Lunch with Sarah Addison Allen in conversation with Wiley Cash

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Join us for a lunch with popular Southern authors, Sarah Addison Allen & Wiley Cash on Friday, September 23!


Join Bookmarks and host Wiley Cash for the first annual Southern Lit Lunch. This year's event will feature Sarah Addison Allen in conversation about her new book, Other Birds, an enchanting tale of lost souls, lonely strangers, secrets that shape us, and how the right flock can guide you home.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, September 6 on Eventbrite, or join us for our Festival Launch Party to receive early access. 

Ticket options:

  • $40 General Admission: includes a pre-signed copy of Other Birds and choice of boxed lunch from Footnote
  • $10 Admission (does not include book or lunch)

Copies of Other Birds will be for sale at Bookmarks during the event for $27.99. Bookmarks will also have books for sale by Wiley Cash, including When Ghosts Come Home.

Click here to learn more about Bookmarks' 17th Annual Festival of Books & Authors.

About Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden SpellsThe Sugar QueenThe Girl Who Chased the MoonThe Peach Keeper, and Lost Lake. She is a native of Asheville, North Carolina.

About Other Birds

From the acclaimed author of Garden Spells comes an enchanting tale of lost souls, lonely strangers, secrets that shape us, and how the right flock can guide you home.

Down a narrow alley in the small coastal town of Mallow Island, South Carolina, lies a stunning cobblestone building comprised of five apartments. It’s called The Dellawisp and it is named after the tiny turquoise birds who, alongside its human tenants, inhabit an air of magical secrecy.

When Zoey Hennessey comes to claim her deceased mother’s apartment at The Dellawisp, she meets her quirky, enigmatic neighbors including a girl on the run, a grieving chef whose comfort food does not comfort him, two estranged middle-aged sisters, and three ghosts. Each with their own story. Each with their own longings. Each whose ending isn’t yet written.

When one of her new neighbors dies under odd circumstances the night Zoey arrives, she is thrust into the mystery of The Dellawisp, which involves missing pages from a legendary writer whose work might be hidden there. She soon discovers that many unfinished stories permeate the place, and the people around her are in as much need of healing from wrongs of the past as she is. To find their way they have to learn how to trust each other, confront their deepest fears, and let go of what haunts them.

Delightful and atmospheric, Other Birds is filled with magical realism and moments of pure love that won’t let you go. Sarah Addison Allen shows us that between the real and the imaginary, there are stories that take flight in the most extraordinary ways.

About Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, the acclaimed This Dark Road to Mercy, and most recently The Last Ballad. He is a three-time winner of the SIBA Southern Book Prize, won the Conroy Legacy Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and has been nominated for many more. A native of North Carolina, he is the Alumni Author-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife, photographer Mallory Cash, and their two daughters.

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Event date: 
Friday, September 23, 2022 - 12:00pm
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