"A Book and a Bottle"

featuring author

Lee Smith

Sunday, June 28

3:00 p.m. on Zoom

  Donations are suggested.   Registration is required. 
Create your own getaway this summer.  With your donation to Southern Lit Alliance, you can receive a signed copy of Lee Smith's new book Blue Marlin, or a special  Blue Marlin label bottle of wine. 
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Literature has an incomparable power to inspire, connect, and uplift.  Powerful stories are more important than ever as we face uncertainty during this critical time.  Join our event and celebrate the value of literature while supporting Southern Lit Alliance as we hear from a favorite southern author, Lee Smith. A New York Times bestselling author and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, Smith has seventeen works of fiction to her name. 


Blue Marlin brings us stories from a hotel in Key West through the eyes of Jenny, a young, adventurous teen taking a family vacation fresh on the heels of the discovery of her father's affair.  Jenny confronts the frailty of family life while vying for the attention of dreamy actor Tony Curtis and even a role in his latest movie.

About the author

Lee Smith was born in 1944 in Grundy, Virginia, a small coal-mining town in the Appalachian Mountains, less than 10 miles from the Kentucky border. Her mother, Gig, was a college graduate who had come to Grundy to teach school. Her father, Ernest, was the owner and operator of a Ben Franklin store in Grundy.

Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia, nine-year-old Lee Smith was already writing—and selling, for a nickel apiece—stories about her neighbors in the coal boomtown of Grundy and the nearby isolated "hollers." After spending her last two years of high school at St. Catherine's school in Richmond, Virginia, Smith enrolled at Hollins College in Roanoke. Following her graduation from Hollins, Smith married James Seay, a poet and teacher, whom she accompanied from university to university as his teaching assignments changed. They have two sons.  She now lives in Hillsborough, N.C.