Evening with the Author features Tennessean Kevin Wilson Sept. 16 

COOKEVILLE – Award-winning Tennessee writer Kevin Wilson’s third novel, “Nothing to See Here,” “may seem slight and quirky, but don’t be fooled,” wrote a Washington Post reviewer. “There’s a lot to see here.”

See the author for yourself beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, during an interactive Facebook live stream hosted by the Putnam County Library Friends. The event is free and you don’t have to be a Facebook user to participate.

“Our Evening with the Author events are the highlight of our annual programming,” says Marcia Flatt, president of the Putnam County Library Friends. “We try to book authors who write in various genres, from suspense and historical fiction to children’s and young adult literature. This year, we’re thrilled to bring a writer of literary fiction to our audience.” 

“Nothing to See Here” links an unlikely caretaker with two children who, when distressed, spontaneously combust. “It’s a giddily lunatic premise, one that author Kevin Wilson grounds with humor and deadpan matter-of-factness,” writes USA Today. “The writing dazzles…. But what dazzles most are the warmly rendered dynamics of an ad hoc, dysfunctional family that desperately wants to work.” 

A member of the faculty at Sewanee: The University of the South, Wilson is the author of two collections of short stories and two other novels, “Perfect Little World” and “The Family Fang,” which was adapted as a film starring Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman, as well as the forthcoming “Now Is Not the Time to Panic.” His take on family dynamics is original, immensely satisfying, always surprising and heart-warming. 

“Nothing to See Here” made it onto the 2019 “Notable Books of the Year” lists of both The New York Times and Washington Post. People magazine chose it as one of the top 10 books of the year, as did Entertainment Weekly, and Time magazine chose it as a “Must-Read Book of 2019.” 

Wilson was interviewed on The Today Show by Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, who tapped “Nothing to See Here”as a selection for the “Read with Jenna” book club, and Wilson was also interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

Access the live stream by searching @PCLibraryFriends by browser or directly through Facebook. Copies of “Nothing to See Here” are available for check-out at the Cookeville branch of the library, as well as through READS, the Regional eBook & Audio Download System, a valuable resource for holders of Tennessee public library cards. 

Sponsorships for Evening with the Author are always welcome. For more information, email pclibraryfriends@gmail.com. 

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