Hub City Press to release two debut books in 2016
Hub City Press is pleased to announce the publication of two new books, slated for release in spring of 2016, both by debut authors.
In April 2016, Hub City will release Suburban Gospel, a memoir by Mark Beaver. When the Deacon at Mark Beaver's Bible Belt church cues up an evangelical horror flick aimed at dramatizing Hell, he figures he'd better get right with God, and soon. Convinced he could die at age seven and spend eternity roasting on a spit in the fiery furnace of Hades, he promptly gets Saved. But once the '80s and his adolescence hit, the Straight and Narrow becomes a tight squeeze. Keith Lee Morris says, "This isn't your great-grandfather's southern memoir." George Singleton has praised the book as "part comic strip character Ziggy, part Fast Times at Ridgemont High...funny, honest, and clear-sighted."
Suburban Gospel is the debut book from Mark Beaver, a graduate of UNC-Greensboro's MFA program. He currently lives in Atlanta with his with his wife and daughters.
Hub City Press will publish Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks in May. In 1939, the federal government has sent USA agent Virginia Furman into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families how to modernize their homes. There she meets farm wife Irenie Lambey, who is immediately drawn to Virginia's self-possession. Already, cracks are emerging in Irenie's fragile marriage to Brodis, an ex-logger turned fundamentalist preacher: she has taken to rambling through the woods at night to escape her marital bed, storing strange keepsakes in a mountain crevice. To Brodis, these are all signs that Irenie--tiptoeing through the dark in her billowing white nightshirt--is practicing black magic. On one surreal night when Irenie slips back into bed with a kind of supernatural stealth, Brodis senses a certain evil has entered his life, linked to the lady agent or perhaps to ancient, more sinister forces.
Tim O'Brien praises the novel as "an absorbing human drama of marital discontent, misunderstanding, and desperation. I was enthralled from beginning to end." Amy Greene says, "As Southern Appalachian women, we need to tell out own stories, and Julia Franks does this in prose as starkly beautiful as the Depression-era mountain landscape her characters inhabit."
Julia Franks has roots in the Appalachian Mountains and has spent years kayaking the rives and creeks of Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She lives in Atlanta, where she teaches literature and runs Loose Cannon, a web service that fosters free-choice reading in the classroom.