Louis Bayard, Angie Kim and Ed Aymar in conversation with Bethanne Patrick
Join us for the incredible line-up of history, mystery and black comedy. Author and columnist Bethanne Patrick (THE BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE) moderates a panel of OMP favorites – new and old – Louis Bayard (COURTING MR. LINCOLN), Angie Kim (MIRACLE CREEK) and Ed Aymar (THE UNREPENTANT).
From Louis Bayard, the prizewinning author of MR. TIMOTHY and THE PALE BLUE EYE comes COURTING MR. LINCOLN. Lincoln, the page-turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: a sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed. Louis Bayard, a master storyteller at the height of his powers, delivers here a page-turning tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities. Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed young-adult title Lucky Strikes.
Angie Kim’s debut novel MIRACLE CREEK is a thoroughly contemporary take on the courtroom drama, drawing on the author’s own life as a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and mother of a real-life “submarine” patient. In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.”
E.A. Aymar’s new standalone thriller, THE UNREPENTANT, follows Charlotte Reyes who ran away from an abusive home only to end up tricked, kidnapped, and taken across the country by criminals. Charlotte manages to escape with the help of a reluctant former soldier named Mace Peterson, but she can’t seem to shake the gang or the crooked cop paid to bring her back—alive or otherwise. Ed's other thrillers include the novel-in-stories THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD (in which he served as co-editor and contributor), as well as YOU'RE AS GOOD AS DEAD and I'LL SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE DEAD. Aymar’s column, “Decisions and Revisions,” appears monthly in the Washington Independent Review of Books, and he is also the Managing Editor of The Thrill Begins, ITW’s online resource for aspiring and debut thriller writers.
Bethanne Patrick is the author of An Uncommon History of Common Things (with John Thompson) and An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy. She is a contributing editor at The Literary Hub. Her essays, reviews, and interviews appear in publications including The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, O the Oprah Magazine, The Mid.com, and many more. In 2009, she created the #FridayReads hashtag, which continues to attract thousands of readers around the world. In The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People, 100 of today's most prominent literary and cultural icons talk about the books that hold a special place in their hearts--that made them who they are today.