© Addie Jo Bannerman
Taylor Brown is the author of a story collection, In the Season of Blood and Gold, and the novels Fallen Land, The River of Kings, Gods of Howl Mountain, Pride of Eden, and Wingwalkers. He is a recipient of the Montana Prize in Fiction, the 2021 Georgia Author of the Year Award, and the founder of BikeBound.com. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 3
Bright Lights of Contemporary Literature
with Taylor Brown, Louis Edwards, Ladee Hubbard, Emily Nemens, M.O. Walsh, and moderator Jennifer S. Davis
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Wingwalkers: A Novel
A former WWI ace pilot and his wingwalker wife barnstorm across Depression-era America, performing acts of aerial daring.
“They were over Georgia somewhere, another nameless hamlet whose dusty streets lay flocked and trembling with the pink handbills they’d rained from the sky that morning, the ones that announced the coming of DELLA THE DARING DEVILETTE, who would DEFY THE HEAVENS, shining like a DAYTIME STAR, a WING-WALKING WONDER borne upon the wings of CAPTAIN ZENO MARIGOLD, a DOUBLE ACE of the GREAT WAR, who had ELEVEN AERIAL VICTORIES over the TRENCHES OF FRANCE.”
Wingwalkers is one-part epic adventure, one-part love story, and, as is the signature for critically-acclaimed author Taylor Brown, one large part American history. The novel follows the adventures of Della and Zeno Marigold, a pair of Great Depression barnstormers who are funding their journey west by performing death-defying aerial stunts from town to town, and braids them with the real-life exploits of author (and thwarted fighter pilot) William Faulkner. When their paths cross during a dramatic air show, there will be unexpected consequences for all.
Brown has taken a tantalizing tidbit from Faulkner’s real life―an evening's chance encounter with two daredevils in New Orleans―and set it aloft in this fabulous novel. With scintillating prose and an action-packed plot, he has captured the true essence of a bygone era and shed a new light on the heart and motivations of one of America's greatest authors.
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