Your Abilene Public Library cordially invites you to attend a FREE author talk featuring Kate Anger from Riverside, CA, who will be speaking on her latest novel (with Texas ties) titled The Shinnery, released last month. Anger will be on hand at your Main Library on Friday, October 14 at Noon to provide a talk on her book, as well as writing tips for budding authors too. Copies of the book will be available for purchase before and after the event and guests will be able to participate in a book signing with the author following the talk. As this event is being hosted over the noon hour, guests are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy, and the library will provide light refreshments.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Inspired by an actual nineteenth-century honor killing in Stonewall County, Texas, The Shinnery, an engagingly written novel traces a young woman’s betrayal by family and employers ,and her path toward revenge and redemption.
Seventeen-year-old Jessa Campbell thrives on the Shinnery, her family’s homestead in 1890s Texas, bordered by acres of shin oaks on the rolling plains. Without explanation her father sends her away to settle a family debt. A better judge of cattle than of men, Jessa becomes entangled with a bad one. Everything unravels after she puts her trust in Will Keyes. When Jessa returns home to the Shinnery, pregnant and alone, her father goes on a mission of frontier justice, with devastating consequences. In the aftermath Jessa fights for her claim to the family farm and for a life of independence for herself and her sisters.
A story of coming-of-age, betrayal, and revenge, The Shinnery is inspired by the author’s family history and a trial that shook the region.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kate Anger is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and plays. If there is anything linking her work, it is a preoccupation with the West and stories of people who are looking to begin again.
Kate teaches playwriting and theatre courses at the University of California Riverside. She has also taught fiction at the university level.
In addition, Kate leads business writing workshops and works freelance as a writer and researcher.
We hope that you join us on Friday, October 14 at Noon at your Main Library for what will be an engaging author talk featuring Kate Anger and her novel, The Shinnery. Remember this event is free to attend, and you’re encouraged to bring your lunch to enjoy. If you have any questions regarding this event, contact Jay Smith at 325-676-6025.