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The Almost Sisters: A Novel

by Joshilyn Jackson

About the Book

Leia Birch Briggs is suffering from writers block while writing the prequel to her wildly successful graphic novel Violence in Violet. She is also trying to figure out the best way to tell her family that she is expecting a baby—conceived after an encounter with a beguiling Batman whom she met at a comic book convention. Before she can announce her pregnancy, her step-sister’s marriage is suddenly not so perfect and her beloved grandmother Birchie’s dementia is revealed at a church fish fry.

Leia heads south with her niece Lavender to take care of her grandmother. Shortly after her arrival, she encounters a secret in the attic that is both startling and potentially dangerous. The secret sets the small town of Birchville, AL into opposing camps. Here Leia comes face-to-face with the “second south” where race and privilege are still in force.

About the Author

Joshilyn Jackson is the author of eight novels and a novella. She describes her writing as “weirdo fiction with a shot of Southern Gothic influence.” She received the Southern Independent Booksellers Award for First Fiction for Gods in Alabama and was shortlisted for the Audie Award for best book read by an author for the audio version of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 8:00 pm
Wealthy Theatre – 1130 Wealthy St SE

Although NASA scientists are claiming the unexpected eclipse and strange hot hail are nothing to worry about, Dr. Hans Zarkov knows better. He takes football star Flash Gordon and travel agent Dale Arden with him into space to rectify things. They land on planet Mongo, where the despot Ming the Merciless is attacking Earth out of pure boredom. With the help of a race of Hawkmen, Flash and the gang struggle to save their home planet. Tickets are $3 with a valid GRPL library card. Use code GRPL2019 to purchase tickets online.

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Celebrate the comic books you love, and geek out about films, TV shows, and science fiction/fantasy books. Events include:

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