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Love, Hurricanes, and “The Last First Kiss” with Walter Bennett

November 1, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Library Society is excited to host award-winning Southern author Walter Bennett on November 1st to honor the release of his second southern fiction, The Last First Kiss.

Celebrating great Southern authors is something the Library Society has always done and this event will be no different. Come enjoy this program with the Alabama Author’s Award recipient, as he walks us through the story of high school love, betrayal, mistakes and a choice between what was and what could be – all against the backdrop of a devastating hurricane.

Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for guests. This event is free for students by calling the number listed and showing a valid ID at check in.
To purchase tickets, click here or call 843-723-9912.
Order “The Last First Kiss” from Buxton Books in advance by clicking HERE.

About the Book:
Ace Sinclair, now in his seventies, has one eye on a hurricane churning up from the south and the other on his old high school sweetheart, J’nelle Reade, whom he has invited to his Outer Banks beach house for a sentimental journey into their pasts. But the past is with them more than they know, and they are soon pulled into a haunting search among old memories for betrayals, mistakes, missed chances and ultimately the hard truths of their lives. As a dangerous hurricane turns in the Atlantic and heads their way, time runs short, and they must choose between the tidal pull of old dreams and the future’s wide unknown.

About Walter Bennett:
Walter Bennett is a writer and former lawyer, judge and law professor residing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His first novel, Leaving Tuscaloosa, won the Alabama Author’s Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and the Crook’s Corner Book Prize for debut novels set in the American South. He has published short fiction and essays in both print and online journals, including Blackbird, The Courtland Review, Eclipse and Voices. An essay on trout fishing, “Black Quill,” appears in Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing (Skyhorse Publishing, Spring 2012). He has written numerous articles on the law; and a highly acclaimed book: The Lawyer’s Myth: Reviving Ideals in the Legal Profession (U. Chicago Press, 2001). The Last First Kiss is his second novel. Walter is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


November 1, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm