D. Foy, Jeff Jackson and Megan McShea, all writers celebrating their first books published, will speak tonight and read from their respective works.
When planning the event, Flyleaf marketing manager Linnie Greene only expected Foy to do the reading, until he contacted her back saying that Jackson and McShea would be joining him. Getting two more than she bargained for, Greene said she was delighted at the chance to host three acclaimed authors.
“I think people should come because it’s a rare opportunity to get to hear authors that are really promising and critically acclaimed and notable still in their relative infancy,” she said.
The authors will be doing readings from each of their books, followed by recollections of experiences they have encountered while writing. After that, that there will be a Q&A session.
For Jackson, writing had been a long-term relationship, beginning in high school. His novel, “Mira Corpora,” is loosely based off of the old journals Jackson used to carry around with him.
“I don’t remember writing a lot of it. And that was the sort of jumping off point — the springboard — and these journals were filled with things that happened to me, events that happened to friends, sort of gossip that had circulated throughout the town and school in the area I grew up,” Jackson said.
Compared to other stories he has written, “Mira Corpora” is more hallucinatory and dreamlike — it’s based in reality but with elements of dream logic at play against concrete events as the story unfolds.
Jackson serves as the link between McShea and Foy, knowing each of the authors in a different way.