Fundraiser for Southern Lit Alliance

Club Lit

a fundraiser for SoLit

Featuring New York Times Bestselling Author 
Kevin Wilson
Nov. 17, 2022

6:00 p.m.

Chattanooga Whiskey

Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres

Tickets - $75

Table of 8 - $600

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Club Lit is a fundraiser for SoLit and an evening of fun, refreshment and feeding of the body and the mind.  Music, specialty drinks, and hors d’ oeuvres kick off the festivities at Chattanooga Whiskey. Author Kevin Wilson will be the highlight of the event as he shares his most recent work, interacts with the guests, and signs books.  Additionally, the coveted Local Distinguished Author award is presented to one of the most accomplished authors in our community.

About Kevin Wilson

SoLit is delighted to host New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Wilson to Chattanooga for this acclaimed event. Kevin will share his new novel, Now Is Not the Time To Panic,  to be released on Nov. 8, 2022.  He is also the author of three other novels, The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011), Perfect Little World (Ecco, 2017) and Nothing to See Here (Ecco, 2019), a New York Times bestseller and a Read with Jenna book club selection.  Additionally, the short story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth received an Alex Award from the American Library Association and Baby You’re Gonna Be Mine received the Shirley Jackson Award.  He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife, the poet Leigh Anne Couch, and his sons, Griff and Patch, where he is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Sewanee: The University of the South.

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About the New Novel - Released Nov. 8

Now is Not the Time to Panic

To be released Nov. 8, Wilson's  charming, bighearted novel is about two teenage misfits who spectacularly meet one fateful summer, and the art they make that defines their lives forever. Sixteen-year-old Frankie Budge—novice writer, less than impressive student, offbeat loner—is determined to make it through yet another sad summer in Coalfield, Tennessee, when she meets Zeke, a talented young artist who has just moved into his grandmother’s  house and who is just as lonely and awkward as Frankie is.


Romantic and creative sparks begin to fly, and when the two jointly make an unsigned poster, shot through with an enigmatic phrase, it becomes unforgettable to anyone who sees it. "The edge is a shantytown filled with gold seekers. We are fugitives, and the law is skinny with hunger for us." The posters begin to appear all over town, and the quiet little community of Coalfield erupts with rumor and panic. Frankie and Zeke must determine if their art is worth the risk, and if their relationship can survive the circumstance.

Local Distinguished Author of the Year

As an additional presentation at the event, Southern Lit Alliance will present an award for the best poet or author from Hamilton and surrounding counties.  A panel of professors from university or college English departments and other appropriate experts will judge the award.  The winner of the award is chosen based on the quality of their writing but also their full body of work.