Live Stream: Heather Newton launches McMullen Circle, in conversation with Tessa Fontaine

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Image shows a dark red border around a white box containing the text: Heather Newton Launches MCMULLEN CIRCLE, in conversation with Tessa Fontaine. Tuesday, Jan. 18th. 6 PM ET. Virtual. Malaprop’s logo image also shown. Next to the text are photos of both authors and the front cover of the featured book.

UPDATE: This event will be fully virtual. We will not be gathering in the bookstore. Register below to join us live online. 

Please click here to register for the VIRTUAL event. The link required to attend will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. 

To celebrate the upcoming release of her short story collection McMullen Circle, finalist for the W.S. Porter Prize, Heather Newton is hosting a giveaway of fun North Georgia swag! If you pre-order and email proof of purchase to mcmullencircle@gmail.com you’ll be entered to win the gift box! The drawing will take place on November 30, 2021 at noon Eastern time. If you’re the winner Heather will contact you for your U.S. mailing address (sorry, can’t mail it outside of the fifty states).

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The twelve linked stories in McMullen Circle explore the intertwined lives of faculty families at the McMullen Boarding School in Tonola Falls, Georgia in 1969-70. The school community is isolated and idyllic, yet issues of race and the Vietnam War still intrude. Does heroism require physical prowess, or is there valor in a cafeteria worker enduring a cluttered, needy life with her four young sons, or an elderly librarian caring for her disabled lesbian partner? What does it take for a young African American girl to find the courage to assert her right to attend the all-white private school? The stories in this collection ask what, and who, are the real heroes.

Heather Newton's novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women's National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection, and named an "Okra Pick" by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Her short prose has appeared in Enchanted Conversation Magazine, The Drum, Dirty Spoon, and elsewhere. A practicing attorney, she teaches creative writing for UNC-Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program and is co-founder and Program Manager for the Flatiron Writers Room writers' center in Asheville, NC. www.heathernewton.net

Tessa Fontaine's writing has appeared in PANKSeneca ReviewThe RumpusSideshow World, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and is working on a PhD in creative writing at the University of Utah. She also eats fire and charms snakes, among other sideshow feats. She lives in South Carolina. The Electric Woman is her first book.

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McMullen Circle Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781646030767
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Published: Regal House Publishing - January 17th, 2022

Under the Mercy Trees: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062001344
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 18th, 2011

The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374538408
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 7th, 2019

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