Monday, October 19, 2015

Check out this creepy cult thriller for some October reading! Then meet the author on 10/26 at M Judson!

Check out this book trailer for "Gated" by Amy Christine Parker who will be reading and discussing her work on October 26th 7:00 pm at M Judson on Greenville's Main Street. "Gated" is a current SC Junior Book Award nominee, but this book is a great read for adults too! More info at

Don't miss this creepy cult inspired thriller!

GREENVILLE, SC: On October 26th at 7:00pm, award winning YA novelist

CHRISTINE PARKER will read from her new novels and discuss writing as part of the

Emrys Reading Room at M. Judson Bookstore (130 S. Main Street). The night will

also feature local poet Nancy Taylor. This event is free and open to the public.

Parker’s two novels, Astray and Gated, offer readers a look into the complex,

fast-paced changing world of young female protagonist Lyla Hamilton who

works to navigate the mystery of her community, a possible cult, and the

world outside.  Gated has been nominated for the Oklahoma Sequoyah Book

Award and the South Carolina Library Guild Award for 2016.

Parker writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives

with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat.

In addition, to sharing at the Reading Room, Amy Christine Parker will also

meet with students at three Greenville County Middle Schools where she will

lead assemblies on daring to dream and the writing process. She will visit

Northwest Middle School, Riverside Middleschool, and Northwood Middle


Nancy Dew Taylor is an award winning South Carolina poet and the author of

two poetry collections. She is the first place poetry winner of the 2015 Porter

Fleming Literary Competition. Her book of poems, Taking Flight, was

published in April 2015 by Ninety-Six Press. In 2008, Emrys Press published

her chapbook, Stepping on Air.

The event is possible due to a partnership between Wits End Poetry, The

Emrys Foundaton, and Northwest Middle School. This performance is funded

in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National

Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

The Emrys Reading Room invites published regional writers, poets, novelists

and essayists to share from their work then join in an audience initiated

Q&A. Authors’ books also will be available for purchase and signing.

Wits End Poetry is a local literary non-profit that sponsors a variety of