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Author Event: Joan Spilman

May 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a reading, signing and Q&A with author Joan Spilman on Sunday, May 29, at 3 p.m.
Joan will also be joined by her husband, author/poet Richard Spilman.
Joan Spilman’s, ‘Silver Bottle,’ is an acclaimed multi-generational novel set in the Appalachian town of Harshbarger Mills, West Virginia. Abandoned as children on Easter by their alcoholic mother, Lorraine Rhodes, and her siblings must overcome the trials of a rural town and its conservative bias. But, when a letter from her mother arrives a quarter of a century later, the questions Lorraine faces from her childhood begin to unravel. Lorraine, now a mother, must reflect on the challenges of her past and how they cause a rift between her and her daughter. Silver Bottle follows four generations of West Virginia women, their struggles, and the unique bloodline that stretches over a century with the curious connection to a family heirloom.
Spilman, originally from Milton, West Virginia, graduated from Marshall University with a BA in English Literature, and Wichita State University (Kansas) with a MFA in Creative Writing.
Her latest novel, ‘Silver Bottle’ examines the interactive impact of four generations of family women who hail from a small Appalachian town.
Her short novella, “The Establishing Witness,” won both the George Garrett Price Award for Best Prose and the Mikrokosmos Award. She has published short stories in The Laurel Review, The Carriage House Review, The Southern Review, Short Story International, Willow Springs and others.
An award-winning writer, she received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and the John Maier Award. Kirkus Review gave her Young Adult fantasy tale, “Sansablatt Head” five stars and called it a “masterfully woven adventure.” She has also written books for young readers.
Spilman, a granddaughter, daughter, mother and now grandmother herself, offers the unique voice readers detect from the “Silver Bottle” narrative.


May 29
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm