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BookPeople Presents Acclaimed Author Lisa Howorth Speaking & Signing Flying Shoes

One of our fellow indie booksellers has written a remarkable new novel and we're thrilled to welcome her here to read from it! Based on the true story of the still-unsolved case of her stepbrother's murder, Howorth tells the story of Mary Byrd Thornton, a reporter who reluctantly returns to Virginia from Mississippi to confront her family and the irremovable stain of the tragic, unsolved murder of a nine-year-old boy. This is Howorth's first novel. She and her husband operate Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi.

All about Flying Shoes
Mary Byrd Thornton could understand how a reporter couldn't resist the story: a nine-year-old boy sexually molested and killed on Mother's Day, 1966. A suspect to whom nothing would stick. A neighborhood riddled with secrets. No one, especially the bungling or complicit authorities, had been able to solve the crime. Now, thirty years later, the reporter's call will reel a reluctant Mary Byrd from Mississippi back to Virginia where she must confront her family--and, once again, the murder's irremovable stain of tragedy. Lisa Howorth's remarkable Flying Shoes is a work of fiction, but the murder is based on the still-unsolved case of her stepbrother.

LISA HOWORTH was born in Washington, D.C., where her family has lived for four generations. In Oxford, Mississippi, she and her husband opened Square Books (Publishers Weekly’s 2013 Bookstore of the Year) in 1979 and raised their three children. She received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996 and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2007. Her writing has appeared in Garden & Gun and the Oxford American. This is her first novel.