Authors Suzanne Goldsmith of Bexley and Tom Barlow of Clintonville will read from their new books at 7 p.m. Oct. 17, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave., in downtown Columbus.
Washashore, Goldsmith's first novel, tells the 1970s-era story of 14-year-old Clementine Harper who has left her city life in Boston to spend a cold winter on Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. Clementine is what the locals call a "washashore," someone who moved to the island-an outsider. Clementine's difficult transition to a new home and school changes when she finds a fallen bird, an osprey, on the beach and meets a lonely boy named Daniel.
Barlow's new book is Welcome to the Goat Rodeo, a collection of 16 short stories that takes readers on a tour of the unexplored areas of human existence and raises challenging questions about human nature and the choices people make. Barlow's stories have appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013, Redivider Best New Writing 2011, Fiction At Work, Needle and The Apalachee Review.
A reception and book signing will follow brief readings and a question-and-answer session with the authors.
The event is free and open to the public.