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Charlie Lovett and The Bookman's Tale, A Novel of Obsession

Posted on 6/3/2013 by Southside Library

Charlie Lovett and The Bookman

Tuesday, July 16th, 6:30 pm
Southside Branch Library
For more information please call 336-703-2985.

Local author, teacher and playwright Charlie Lovett makes his fiction debut with an historical mystery/thriller, The Bookman's Tale, A Novel of Obsession. The author will be taking questions, and will be bringing a selection of rare books for attendees to examine. Books will be available for sale and the author will be signing books. The publisher's summary says:

"A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller’s search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love.

"Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn’t really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.

"As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays." ~Penguin