Lynne Barrett & Kat Meads
Acclaimed authors Kat Meads and Lynne Barrett will discuss their work and read from their newest books at Little River Inn's Abalone Room, in an event cosponsored by the Inn, the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and Gallery Bookshop.
An award-winning writer of fiction, drama, nonfiction and poetry, Kat Meads is a native of eastern North Carolina. Narrated in part by a ghost, her new book, When the Dust Finally Settles, is a novel focused on land, loyalty, and Southern racial politics in 1968.
Lynne Barrett's latest book, Magpies, presents eight stories featuring collectors of vintage ephemera, underemployed women, and murderers, among others. It was called "one of the year's finer university press offerings" by Publisher's Weekly. She has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery story from the Mystery Writers of America and fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Both women have been popular presenters at the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and a portion of book sales from the event will benefit the MCWC.
In Magpies, Lynne Barrett's characters move through the past decade's glitter and darkness. From the Internet's fragmented pages to a gossip columnist's sweet poison to the ABCs of a hurricane season, these tales explore story form and storytelling as a means of connection, betrayal, and survival for characters who learn, sometimes too late, the value of what's grasped and what's lost.