Author Event - The Heavenly Table Book by Donald Ray Pollock
It is 1917, dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane, Cob and Chimney. Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, there lives a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family’s entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. In the gothic tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy and with a healthy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers, the Jewetts and the Fiddlers will find their lives colliding in increasingly dark and horrific ways. Donald Ray Pollock grew up in Knockemstiff, Ohio, and quit high school at the age of seventeeen to work in a meatpacking plant. He then spent thirty-two years employed as a laborer at the Mead Paper Corporation in Chillicothe, Ohio, before enrolling in the master’s program at Ohio State University. His first book, a collection of stories called Knockemstiff, won the 2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.