In fall 2010, the Charlotte chapter of the Women's National Book Association launched Bibliofest, an evening of dining and book discussions with authors. The group dubbed the event "a literary moveable feast."
It's a fun concept. First, there's a cash bar. Then you dine. This year's event is 6-9 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant at SouthPark Mall. While you eat, authors take turns visiting your table to discuss their books and answer questions. All books are available for purchase.
This year's Bibliofest features at least eight authors, including Debra Dean. Like her 2007 bestseller, "The Madonnas of Leningrad," Dean's new novel, "A Mirrored World," is set in Russia. Also appearing:
- Charlotte mystery writer Mark deCastrique, whose latest novel is "The 13th Target."
- Emily Colin of Wilmington, whose debut novel is the "The Memory Thief."
- S.C. novelist Mary Glickman, author of "One More River" and "Home in the Morning."
- Charlotte's Judy Goldman, a novelist and poet whose new memoir is "Losing My Sister."
- Brooklyn novelist Shira Nayman, author of "A Mind of Winter."
- Elena Passarello, whose essay collection, "Let Me Clear My Throat," explores memorable moments in the history of the human voice.
- Wendy Welch, author of "The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap," a memoir of owning a book store in Big Stone Gap, Va.
You can buy tickets, $45 for WNBA members and $55 for nonmembers, at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, or online at www.WNBA-Charlotte.org. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-439-4596 or 612-382-5868.