Writers Salon takes place the 3rd Thursday each month. Readings begin promptly at 7:30 pm (please arrive by 7:15). Beginning with open mic, guests are encouraged to read personal works in this casual & welcoming environment (open mic is limited to 5 minutes per reader). Afterwards, enjoy a reading and presentation by a featured published author. Free & Open to the public. Donations greatly appreciated. Refreshments Served.
Join us in welcoming SUNY Oneonta professor George Hovis, author of ‘The Skin Artist.’ Meet the author and purchase signed copies of his book! Refreshments will be served.
About the book:
The morning Bill Becker awakes to find the butterfly tattoo bleeding on his chest, his upwardly mobile life begins its harrowing downward spiral. Exiled from a corporate career and from the failed marriage he left behind in a gated Charlotte community, Bill becomes obsessed with a tattooed dancer named Lucy, who is running from a trauma buried deep in her own past. Lucy and Bill wrap themselves in new skins of ink, wrought by the same artist, a “shaman” who convinces them that every design will alter their future. Ultimately, both Bill and Lucy must leave the city and return to the Carolina countryside to confront the skins they have shed many years ago.
“The Skin Artist is the complex saga of a young man’s search for his own identity on the dark side of the New South–it’s hard to believe this is a first novel. Hovis has created an old-fashioned morality tale set against some of the most garish manifestations of the Sunbelt.” –Lee Smith, author of Dimestore and Guests on Earth
About the author:
George Hovis has published stories and essays in The Carolina Quarterly, Southern Cultures, The Mississippi Quarterly, Stone Canoe, The North Carolina Literary Review, and elsewhere. His novel, The Skin Artist, was published in May 2019, and he is also the author of a scholarly book, Vale of Humility: Plain Folk in Contemporary North Carolina Fiction. He is Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta, where he was recently awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. His story “The Undertaker” was selected by Daniel Wallace as one of three prize winners in the Carolina Quarterly’s national contest, Wake and Dream Again.