Romance novelist to read at Southwest Regional branch

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

Jennifer Lohmann will read from her latest novel “Weekends in Carolina” (Harlequin Superromance, $6.75) today the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road. A book signing will follow the reading.
“Weekends in Carolina” follows the story of lobbyist Trey Harris, who inherits the family farm after his father dies. Harris travels home to deal with the farmer currently renting the land, Maxine “Max” Backstrom, and soon finds his complicated feelings for his dead father are tangled up with his feelings for Max.
Lohmann is the adult services manager for Durham County Library’s Southwest Regional location. After receiving the 2010 Librarian of the Year Award from the Romance Writers of America, Lohmann began to focus more on her writing. As part of Harlequin’s “So You Think You Can Write” Contest, she was offered a contract on her first book, “Reservations for Two,” which was published in February 2013. Lohmann has published two books since then, and her writing has received accolades for creating an intimate sense of place and interesting characters.
Admission is free.

Other readings and events:
-- Durham author Katharine Ashe has written a new historical romance, “I Adored a Lord” (Avon, $5.99), the second installment in her Prince Catchers series. Ashe is a professor of European history at Duke University.
She will read and sign copies of the novel at 7 p.m. July 30 at the Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St. Romance novelists Jennifer Lohmann and Jennifer Scott will join Ashe for this “Romance Extravaganza” reading and signing.
-- Victoria Christopher Murray will sign copies of her novel “Forever an Ex” (Touchstone, $15) at 7 p.m. July 10 at Barnes & Nobel Booksellers in New Hope Commons. In this novel, the follow-up to her novel “The Ex Files,” three Los Angeles women who've helped each other overcome heartbreak are reunited eight years later when their exes come back into the picture.
-- Filmmaker Tyler Perry has received accolades and criticism for his “Madea” movies. Durham author Ezekiel J. Walker takes issue with Perry’s portrayal, seeing it as presenting stereotypical and outdated depictions of African-Americans.
Walker makes his case in his new book “The Madea Factory,” which critiques Perry's "Madea" character. Walker will read and discuss his book at 7 p.m. July 17 at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham.

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