I have to tell you that I'm extremely excited at the prospect of reading from The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia in Flannery O'Connor's historic home at Andalusia, in Milledgeville, GA, on October 18th. You may or may not know that my mother attended Peabody High School in Milledgeville with (Mary) Flannery O'Connor. As I've said before, every story I have ever written has been both an argument with that famous author and a tribute to her. I'm equally thrilled by the chance to read and talk about my book this fall at some of my favorite bookstores: Prairie Lights in Iowa City, Boswell Bookshop in Milwaukee, and Next Chapter Books in Mequon, WI. And I am honored to be among the authors invited to one of THE literary events of the year, the Southern Festival of Books, coming up in Nashville in October. For dates and details, see the "Events" page on this website. Then mark your calendar to join me and my narrator-friend, Gladys Cailiff, for an evening among the good (and some not-so-good) citizens of Baghdad, Georgia. We're happy to travel, by the way, to a bookstore or library closer to where you are. If you call your local and wrangle us an invitation, I'll do my best to get us there.