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Watershed by Mark Barr: In Conversation with Adam Latham

October 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at Star Line Books on October 23 at 6:30 pm to welcome the unparalleled author Mark Barr. He will be in conversation with Adam Latham to promote his debut novel Watershed (pre-order now!)- a gripping story of characters whose ambitions and yearnings threaten to overflow the banks of their time and place. This evening promises to be one that opens the door on the masterful storytelling skills of this promising southern author and his process.
Set in 1937 in rural Tennessee, with the construction of a monumental dam serving as background—it is a cinematically biblical effort to harness elemental forces and bring power to the people. Nathan, an engineer hiding from his past, and Claire, a small-town housewife, struggle to find their footing in the newly-electrified, job-hungry, post-Depression South. As Nathan wrestles with the burdens of a secret guilt and tangled love, Claire struggles to balance motherhood and a newfound freedom that awakens ambitions and a sexuality she hadn’t known she possessed. The arrival of electricity in the rural community—where violence, prostitution, and dog-fighting are commonplace—thrusts together the federal and local worlds, in an evocative feat of storytelling in the vein of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong, and Ron Rash’s Serena.
Mark Barr has been awarded fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, I-Park Artists¹ Enclave, Jentel Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Millay Colony, and Yaddo, and holds an M.F.A from Texas State University. He lives with his wife and sons in Arkansas, where he develops software and bakes bread.
Adam Latham is the associate director of marketing and admission for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Mississippi Review,
storySouth, and The Cincinnati Review. He is the 2018 recipient of Blackbird’s Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize and is currently working on a novel.


October 23, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Star Line Books


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