Author presentation at Northshire Bookstore
MANCHESTER CENTER — On Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., award-winning author Richard Mason will present his newest novel, “Who Killed Piet Barol?” A haunting, gloriously imagined novel set in early twentieth-century colonial Cape Town by the acclaimed author of “History of a Pleasure Seeker.”
Richard Mason was born in South Africa and currently lives in London. He was 21 when his first novel“The Drowning People” was published. It sold more than a million copies in 28 languages and won Italy’s Cavour Prize for Best First Novel. After his second novel, “Us,” he began a collection of interconnected works, which includes his latest book. “Who Killed Piet Barol?” has been named A Book of the Year in The Times, The Observer and The Mail on Sunday.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. join the ever-popular author Jim Shepard for his newest book, “The World to Come: Stories.” Shepard now delivers a new collection that spans borders and centuries with unrivaled mastery. These ten stories ring with voices belonging to–among others–English Arctic explorers in one of history’s most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly underreported hazards of our crude-oil trains, eighteenth-century French balloonists inventing manned flight, and two mid-nineteenth- century housewives trying to forge a connection despite their isolation on the frontier of settlement.
In each case, the personal is the political as these characters face everything from the emotional pitfalls of everyday life to historic catastrophes on a global scale. In his fifth collection, Shepard makes each of these wildly various worlds his own, and never before has he delineated anything like them so powerfully.
Shepard is the author of seven novels and four previous story collections. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife, three children and three beagles. He teaches at Williams College.