Time: Saturday, January 5, 2008 3:00 PM
Our guest authors for tea will be Kevin C. Stewart, author of "The Way Things Always Happen Here" and CJ Cooper, author of "Stab of Intelligence."In his debut short-fiction collection, "The Way Things Always Happen Here," Kevin C. Stewart takes his readers to the scene of a heinous murder, to the home of an alcoholic single mother, to the 1960s election campaign of JFK through West Virginia, and off the side of the New River Gorge Bridge. With eight stories set in fictional Oak County in southern West Virginia, and one novella, “Margot,” set in the Arkansas Ozarks, Stewart gives us characters who all love and hate where they’re from. Kevin C. Stewart Lives in Cumberland, Maryland and teaches at the Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
An engrossing debut novel of espionage set amid the rich tapestry of pre-9/11 Egypt and Sudan, "Stab of Intelligence" is the first novel in the Falcon Spitzer Trilogy and marks the arrival of a novelist to watch. "Stab of Intelligence" is the winner of the 2005 RockWay International Writing Competition, is Cooper’s first novel. She lives in Maryland with her racquetball-champ husband Bill and her dog Gizmo, and advocates for public education with the Maryland State Teachers Association.