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.