Caleb Johnson in conversation with Katy Simpson Smith @ Turkey & the Wolf – 739 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans: Treeborne

Tuesday, June 19th

At Turkey & the Wolf, 739 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans


Join us with Caleb Johnson in conversation with Katy Simpson Smith discussing his book, Treeborne. Caleb with sign books after the discussion. With Treeborne-inspired menu by Nate Barfield from Turkey & the Wolf :

Woodrow's Pit Cook Bab-B-Q Sandwiches

Pork shoulder smoked overnight in Freedom Hills, Alabama

Elberta County Peach Pie

Peaches from the one and old Peach Pit Orchard

Janie Treeborne's Homemade Sweet Tea

Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time, she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked, and where the peaches they left behind now grow, Elberta has seen fierce battles, violent storms, and frantic change—and when the town is once again threatened from without, Janie realizes it won’t withstand much more. So she tells the story of its people: of Hugh, her granddaddy, determined to preserve Elberta’s legacy at any cost; of his wife, Maybelle, the postmaster, whose sudden death throws the town into chaos; of her lover, Lee Malone, a black orchardist harvesting from a land where he is less than welcome; of the time when Janie kidnapped her own Hollywood-obsessed aunt and tore the wrong people apart.

As the world closes in on Elberta, Caleb Johnson’s debut novel lifts the veil and offers one last glimpse. Treeborne is a celebration and a reminder: of how the past gets mixed up in thoughts of the future; of how home is a story as much as a place.

This book is available in hardcover ($26.00).

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

Spencer Wise in Conversation With Kent Wascom: The Emperor of Shoes

Wednesday, June 20th


Join us with Spencer Wise in conversation with Kent Wascom discussing his book, The Emperor of Shoes. Spencer will sign books after the discussion.

From an exciting new voice in literary fiction, a transfixing story about an expatriate in southern China and his burgeoning relationship with a seamstress intent on inspiring dramatic political change.

Alex Cohen, a twenty-six-year-old Jewish Bostonian, is living in southern China, where his father runs their family-owned shoe factory. Alex reluctantly assumes the helm of the company, but as he explores the plant's vast floors and assembly lines, he comes to a grim realization: employees are exploited, regulatory systems are corrupt and Alex's own father is engaging in bribes to protect the bottom line. When Alex meets a seamstress named Ivy, his sympathies begin to shift. She is an embedded organizer of a pro-democratic Chinese party, secretly sowing dissonance among her fellow laborers. Will Alex remain loyal to his father and his heritage? Or will the sparks of revolution ignite?

This book is available in hardcover ($26.99).

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.


Silas House in conversation with Morgan Babst: Southernmost

Thursday, June 21st


In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew—and risks losing everything: his wife, locked into her religious prejudices; his congregation, which shuns Asher after he delivers a passionate sermon in defense of tolerance; and his young son, Justin, caught in the middle of what turns into a bitter custody battle.

With no way out but ahead, Asher takes Justin and flees to Key West, where he hopes to find his brother, Luke, whom he’d turned against years ago after Luke came out. And it is there, at the southernmost point of the country, that Asher and Justin discover a new way of thinking about the world, and a new way of understanding love.

Southernmost is a tender and affecting book, a meditation on love and its consequences.

This book is available in hardcover ($26.95).

Join us with Silas House in conversation with Morgan Babst discussing his book, Southernmost. Silas with sign books after the discussion.

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.


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