An Ohio native, Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. She will talk about her highly praised debut novel, The Summer that Melted Everything. Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil. When local prosecutor Autopsy Bliss publishes an invitation to the devil to come to town, nobody quite expects that he will turn up, especially as a tattered and bruised thirteen-year-old boy. Who is Sal? Whether he’s a traumatized child or the devil incarnate, he certainly is one strange fruit: he talks in riddles, understands well more than any child should, and tells eerily affecting stories of Heaven, Hell, and Earth. McDaniel is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist. She is the winner of the Not-the-Booker Prize, and a Goodreads Choice Award double nominee.
Picnicking begins at 5:30, and the program will start at 6:45.
Black Forest Ham, Baby Swiss Cheese and Honey Mustard on Bakery Bagel; Tri-Colored Orzo Salad with Feta Cheese, Arugula, Toasted Pine Nuts, Cherries, and Basil; Gourmet Cookies
Dinner and Reading: $40
Reading Only: $25
Children 12 and Under Reading Only: $5