Posted by on October 19, 2018

October 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities
555 E Connecticut Ave
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Holly Goddard Jones is the author of THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME, a novel, and GIRL TROUBLE, a collection of short stories. On Wednesday October 24th, Holly will be reading from her latest novel THE SALT LINE in the Great Room at 5:30 PM. A reception follows.
Sponsored by St. Joseph of the Pines, this event is free and open to the public.

From an article written by Kathryn Talton:

Is our future going to change due to a cataclysmic event or is the culprit already here, a tiny entity that has already shown its ability to pass along diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, which can cause long-lasting health issues or even death?

One of these tiny ticks can even give humans an allergy to the consumption of meat. Holly Goddard Jones takes this reality a step further and just a bit into the future. “The Salt Line” envisions an America divided to protect us from these carriers of a deadly disease, where life behind the lines prevents Americans from enjoying the spectacular natural beauty of our country except for the few who can afford the special excursions that place life at risk and nerves on edge.

Jones is an award-winning writer and the next Weymouth Center presenter at the Writer-in-Residence series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. “The Salt Line” a began as a short story.

“I didn’t set out to write a dystopian novel — it kind of feels like an extended accident,” she says. “I started writing what I thought was going to be a short story, a horror story, after I finished my last novel. It just seemed like a fun thing to do after years of trying to do self-consciously serious, literary things. The tick premise was based on some summer hiking experiences I’d had in Sewanee, Tenn. I thought they’d make an interesting ‘monster’ for a horror story. But as I wrote, I kept trying to explain the why of the ticks in a way that a horror writer probably wouldn’t bother to do. Why do they exist? Why are they so dangerous? Why are these people putting themselves in the path of such a dangerous bug? And that’s how I got into the dystopia stuff and the societal commentary. It took over. And before I knew it, I was 75 pages in with no fast end in sight.”

Jones believes that this genre allows authors to “write artfully about an extraordinary world. I think that’s one of the reasons literary writers are so drawn to them. It’s serious play. You can invent, and go over the top, but it’s all anchored by the commentary you’re making. And that’s another thing: dystopias can be pointedly political in a way that most literary fiction doesn’t get away with being.”

The characters who leave behind the safety of the Salt Line, on this expedition are a disparate group: a rock star, a tech mogul and housewife are among those who will drive the narrative of the book. They will forge friendships and bonds, and test boundaries, both physical, emotional and psychological in this suspenseful novel that asks the reader to think about the dangers posed by changing climates and the current sociological issues. “You have to decide where to draw a line — what you’re going to explain and what you’re going to leave to the imagination,” Jones says. “ I certainly don’t mean to present this book as prophecy.”

Sponsored by St. Joseph of the Pines, this event is free and open to the public.
The event begins promptly at 5:30.


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