DIANE SETTERFIELD on
Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story, JOHN SEARLES on Help for the Haunted, NICOLA GRIFFITH on Hild, and JASON MOTT on The Returned Sunday, Nov. 24, 2:00 p.m., Room 7128 (Building 7, 1st Floor)
Author(s) and Guest(s)
The smallest action proves to have big consequences in Deane Setterfield's
Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story (Atria/Emily Bestler Books; $26.99) A young boy aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.
In John Searles’ novel
Help for the Haunted (William Morrow; $26.99) Sylvie’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. When they are murdered, Sylvie will investigate the truth about her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years. Searles is the author of the bestselling novels Boy Still Missing and Strange But True.
Nicola Griffith's appearance is cancelled.
Hild (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; $27.00) is Nicola Griffith's sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages. In seventh-century Britain, Hild, the youngest niece of the King, becomes his indispensable seer. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, for her family, for her loved ones, and for the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can read the world and see the future. Griffith, the winner of six Lambda Literary Awards, is the author of six novels, including Ammonite, Stay, and Always.
Love and loss inhabit Jason Mott's debut novel,
The Returned (Harlequin; $24.95). An elderly couple's son returns home to them, fifty years after drowning at a birthday party. The homecoming is a part of a global event in which loved ones return from the beyond. It's a miraculous, but complicated gift. Schedule
Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Room 7128 (Building 7, 1st Floor)