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Michael Farris Smith in Conversation with Patti Callahan Henry —"Nick" Virtual Event

Thursday, Jan 21, 2021 7:00 PM EST

Location: A Cappella Books on Zoom

Critically acclaimed author Michael Farris Smith pulls Nick Carraway out of the shadows and into the spotlight, imagining his life before “Gatsby.”

Smith will join New York Times bestselling author of “Becoming Mrs. Lewis,” and upcoming "Surviving Savannah" (3/9/21) Patti Callahan for a virtual conversation on his gripping new novel, “Nick,” on Thursday, January 21, 2020, at 7 PM (EST).

This event is free and open to the public.

A Cappella Books will has signed copies of “Nick” available to order via the link below. At checkout, choose between the local delivery, curbside pick-up, or shipping options. For zip codes not listed in the above banner, select curbside pick-up or USPS shipping.

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About the Book

Before Nick Carraway moved to West Egg and into Gatsby's periphery, he was at the center of a very different story-one taking place along the trenches and deep within the tunnels of World War I.

Floundering in the wake of the destruction he witnessed firsthand, Nick delays his return home, hoping to escape the questions he cannot answer about the horrors of war. Instead, he embarks on a transcontinental redemptive journey that takes him from a whirlwind Paris romance-doomed from the very beginning-to the dizzying frenzy of New Orleans, rife with its own flavor of debauchery and violence.

An epic portrait of a truly singular era and a sweeping, romantic story of self-discovery, this rich and imaginative novel breathes new life into a character that many know but few have pondered deeply. Charged with enough alcohol, heartbreak, and profound yearning to paralyze even the heartiest of golden age scribes, Nick reveals the man behind the narrator who has captivated readers for decades. Read More

About the Author

Michael Farris Smith is the author of ”Blackwood,” “The Fighter,” “Desperation Road,” “Rivers,” and ”The Hands of Strangers.” His novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists in Esquire, Southern Living, Book Riot, and numerous other outlets, and have been named Indie Next, Barnes & Noble Discover, and Amazon Best of the Month selections. He has been a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, the Gold Dagger Award in the UK, and the Grand Prix des Lectrices in France, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Bitter Southerner, Garden & Gun, and more. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters. Website

About the Interviewer

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of fifteen novels, including the (Historical Fiction), “Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis” (writing as Patti Callahan). In addition, she is the recipient of The Christy Award—A 2019 Winner "Book of the Year,” The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019.

The author is also the host of the popular seven-part original "Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series" launched October 2019. Her upcoming novel, Surviving Savannah will be released March 9, 2021. Website


About A Capella Books

What makes Atlanta's A Cappella Books the smartest bookstore in town?

Probably the same things that make you smart. Like you, we love books. We love books so much, that rather than be demoralized by the revolution that has hit our industry and our culture in the last couple of decades, we have become more impassioned than ever about what we sell. As Patti Smith (whom we are proud to have presented as an author and served as a customer) said in accepting her National Book Award, "there is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book." Read More

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