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Author Charlie Lovett discusses his writing Nov. 14 at Appalachian

BOONE—Author and book collector Charlie Lovett will speak Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 421 in Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University. His presentation is sponsored by the library.

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A book signing and reception will follow his remarks. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Lovett, a Winston-Salem native, is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Bookman’s Tale.” Kirkus Reviews said the novel was “A pleasurably escapist trans-Atlantic mystery is intricately layered with plots, murders, feuds, romances, forgeries – and antiquarian book dealing. Lovett’s engagingly traditional debut offers flavors of notable British antecedents – Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, Noel Coward – while spinning tales in several different eras, all centered on the book that supposedly inspired Shakespeare’s play A Winter’s Tale.”

The book arose from Lovett’s passions for rare books and the English countryside.

His latest work, “First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Young Love, and Jane Austen” will be published in October. Also a mystery, “First Impressions” is about Sophie Collingwood, who works at an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the mystery surrounding two different customers who request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of “Little Book of Allegories” by Richard Mansfield.

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