Webb to read from new gothic novel

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 04:38 PM

Wendy Webb, who writes gothic mysteries set in old houses, has recently published the newest in her series, titled “The Vanishing” (Hyperion, $17, paperback). It opens with a séance in 1875 that goes awry, then switches to the present day, narrated by Julia Bishop. After her husband’s death (and the fallout from his investment swindle), Bishop gets a visit from the son of Amaris Sinclair, who asks Bishop to live with his mother.
Bishop admires this woman who wrote “frightening gothic tales about madness and murder and monstrosities.” However, the world thinks Sinclair is dead. Bishop accepts the job offer, and learns what happened all those years ago in Havenwood, the mansion that is the setting of this novel.
Webb will read and sign copies of “The Vanishing” at 11 a.m. Feb. 1 at Flyleaf Books, 725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Chapel Hill.

Here are some other readings and events:
-- The 2014 Doris Betts Fiction Prize is now open for submissions. The first-place winner receives $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Finalists will also be considered for publication in the review.
The prize is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections are also eligible.
Writers may submit previously unpublished stories online at https://nclr.submittable.com/submit. (Submittable will collect writers’ entry fees.)
Writers also may pay submission fees by check or money order, payable to the North Carolina Writers Network and addressed to Ed Southern, PO Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC 27120-1591. Questions may be directed to Margaret Bauer, editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, at BauerM@ecu.edu.
-- Penguin Books will publish the paperback edition of Chapel Hill novelist Ariel Djanikian’s 2013 novel “The Office of Mercy” later this month. The post-apocalyptic novel takes place 300 years after an intentional global catastrophe, known as the Storm. Orchestrated by a small group of idealistic young people, the Storm was a last-ditch effort to remake civilization after conditions on Earth had deteriorated.
For information, visit www.arieldjanikian.com.
-- Chapel Hill author (and former Durham Morning Herald reporter) Loyd Little has a new novel, “Roll On Sugaree” (AuthorHouse, $28.99). The novel is the story of a farm community fighting for survival because a nearby town wants to rezone the creek that is the heart and soul of the community. For information about this book, visit www.authorhouse.com.
-- Durham author Alicia Aiken has released her new book, geared to anyone who wants to test or refresh their knowledge of the New Testament, titled “New Testament Bible Trivia from Matthew-Revelation” (CreateSpace publishers).
Aiken said the book may be used as a study guide, a vacation Bible school activity book, or a Sunday school guide. For information about this book, visit www.barnesandnoble.com.
-- UNC professor Mark Nielsen’s murder mystery “Hotlanta” (Headline Books, $16.21) is now available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and other book sites. “Hotlanta” is the first title in Nielsen’s Gilbert & Sullivan Mysteries series. Other forthcoming series from Nielsen are the Kate Reardon novels and the memoirs of Beryl Cross. For information, visit marknielsenauthor.com.
-- John Grinnell, president and CEO of Chapel Hill-based company Grinnell Leadership, has published a new book on management, his first, titled “Beyond Belief: Awaken Potential, Focus Leadership” (Promethean-Mind Media). Grinnell guides readers through the process required to embrace the personal challenges of leadership. For information, visit www.amazon.com.

Send notices of readings and releases to cbellamy@heraldsun.com.