William Least Heat-Moon will present his debut novel Celestial Mechanics: A Tale for a Mid-Winter Night

EVENT OVERVIEW:  William Least Heat-Moon will Present his New Hardcover Debut Novel Celestial Mechanics: A Tale for a Mid-Winter Night.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  William Least Heat-Moon  pen name of William Trogdon, is of English, Irish, and Osage ancestry. He lives in Missouri on an old tobacco farm he's returning to forest. His first book, Blue Highways, tells of a 13,000-mile journey around America on back roads. His second work, PrairyErth, is a narrative exploration into a corner of the great tallgrass prairie in eastern Kansas. River-Horse gives an account of his four-month sea-to-sea voyage across the United States on rivers, lakes, and canals. In Roads to Quoz, Heat-Moon sets out for a half-dozen American destinations that have long intrigued him. Here, There, Elsewhere brings together a collection of his short-form reportage about places around the world. His five major books and the recent Writing Blue Highways have never been out of print. Celestial Mechanics is his first novel.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  When Silas Fortunato applies for an editorial position for the "spirituality" section of a local newspaper, he is asked to fill in a bubble sheet to mark his religion. The problem is, his beliefs don't fall within any of the categories. Silas believes that selflessness enlarges vision and that what a person should strive for is to be overcome by the beyond. He believes in honoring otherness and in giving questions credence over certainty. He calls himself a Cosmoterian because his goal is to make himself worthy of the majesty of Cosmos. Silas is a man driven by big ideas, but it is the everyday smallness that perpetually both intrigues and eludes him. In this emotional tale of haunted love, Silas finds himself locked in a marriage descending toward darkness until the arrival of his sister-in-law and soon thereafter the appearance of a witching neighbor who may or may not be alive. In ways enigmatic, ghostly, and funny, the three women draw him into the equivocal nature of dreams and reality, their influences leading Silas on a journey toward what may be light and a new belonging to something vastly beyond himself.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, May 04, 2017, at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Event at The Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium, 14 W 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

EVENT FORMAT:  William Least Heat-Moon will Present his New Hardcover Celestial Mechanics and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at www.KCLibrary.org or call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Rainy Day Books will have William Least Heat-Moon’s Books for Sale at this Event.  Seating is General Admission.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium
14 W 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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