Book Title: Bull Mountain (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Date & Time: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016; 1 p.m.
Location: CN 2220, Perimeter College at Georgia State University, Clarkston Campus

About Bull Mountain: Clayton Burroughs comes from a long line of outlaws. For generations, the Burroughs clan has made its home on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, running shine, pot, and meth over six state lines, virtually untouched by the rule of law. To distance himself from his family’s criminal empire, Clayton took the job of sheriff in a neighboring community to keep what peace he can. But when a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms shows up at Clayton’s office with a plan to shut down the mountain, his hidden agenda will pit brother against brother, test loyalties, and could lead Clayton down a path to self-destruction. In a sweeping narrative spanning the decades and told from alternating points of view, the novel brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of the mountain and its inhabitants: forbidding, loyal, gritty, and ruthless. A story of family—the lengths men will go to protect it, honor it, or in some cases destroy it—Bull Mountain is an incredibly assured debut that heralds a major new talent in fiction.

About Brian Panowich: Brian Panowich is a husband, a father of four, and an award-winning author. His first novel, Bull Mountain, won the ITW Award (2016) for best first novel; the SIBA Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize (2016) for best mystery, and was selected as one of the “Books All Georgians Should Read” for 2016 by the Georgia Center for the Book. Panowich’s new novel, Like Lions (Putnam Books), will be released in 2017. More information about Brian Panowich can be found on his Website, on Facebook, and  on Twitter.

In Brian’s Own Words: “To be honest, I didn’t set out to write a crime novel. Of course there’s elements of that in there, and some mystery, and even a little police procedural—those are the kinds of books I like to read—but I mainly wanted to write a book about family. Southern family in particular, and the moral ambiguity that becomes engrained in people from generation to generation. Whether or not you’re proud of your heritage and wear it as a badge of honor, or despise it and desperately try to distance yourself [from it], family defines you. Blood-ties form your every decision, whether you’re conscious of it or not, and where I’m from, there is nothing stronger, or more sacred than that.”

This reading is free and open to the public. Faculty members from the English department are strongly encouraged to bring their classes. Copies of the novel will be available for sale and signing, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Alicia Johanneson: ajohanneson@gsu.edu or 678.891.3275. To request disability accommodations at this event, please contact University Events management at events@gsu.edu or 404.413.1377 with your request. Please provide your name and the event name, date, and sponsor when making your request.

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The Chattahoochee Review Guest Author Series connects the strong, vibrant, and diverse literary community The Chattahoochee Review has built over the course of its 35-year publishing history to Perimeter College’s EDGE Quality Enhancement Plan. Through the reading series, students have a greater opportunity to engage with real-world writers who can better shape their writing and understanding of literature in all of its forms.