Gould to read and sign at Lanier Library

Published 2:28 pm Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hub City author Scott Gould will read from his award-winning short story collection at the Lanier Library, Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m.

The debut collection, Strangers to Temptation, takes us to the white sand banks of the Black River in lowcountry South Carolina during the early 1970s, a place in time where religion and race provide the backdrop for an often uneasy coming-of-age.

Linked by a common voice, the 13 stories introduce us to a cast of uniquely Southern characters: a Vietnam vet father with half a stomach who plays a skinny Jesus in the annual Easter play; a mother/nurse attempting to heal the world, all the while sneaking sips of Smirnoff and Tang; a best friend whose reckless dive off a bridge earns him a fake eyeball and a new girlfriend; and our narrator, a baseball-playing, paper-delivering boy just hoping to navigate the crooked path out of adolescence.

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With the narrator’s eventual baptism into adulthood beneath the dark surface of the Black River, Strangers to Temptation reminds all of us what it felt like to be young, confused, and ultimately redeemed.

“I’ve never figured out what it was about being 13,” says Gould’s unnamed narrator. “The way you think you’re the core of every existing universe, the way any event that happens to you is epic and mythic, the most important thing that will ever occur.”

Gould’s work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Carolina Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, New Madrid Journal, and New Stories from the South, among others.

He is a past winner of the Literature Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Fiction Fellowship from the South Carolina Academy of Authors. He teaches at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, in Greenville, S.C.

Mr. Gould will sign copies of his book following the reading. This is a free program open to all.

– article submitted by Clare O’Sheel