Avid Bookshop presents author Christopher Swann in celebration of his novel, Shadow of the Lions. This event will be held on Wednesday, August 16, from 6:30-7:30p.m. at our Prince Ave. location. The reading is free and open to the public.
Rachel Watkins, our Communications Manager, loved this book! Here's her review: "When Matthias Glass's best friend vanishes from their boarding school, it changes his life forever. Ten years later, Glass returns to teach as his alma mater not realizing the mess he's going to uncover. Shadow of the Lions is a beautifully written mystery and a portrait of how childhood friendships shape the person you will always be."
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In the middle of his senior year at the Blackburne School in Virginia, Matthias Glass's roommate and best friend Fritz Davenport runs off into the woods after the two boys have an argument--and vanishes without a trace. Ever since, Matthias has felt responsible, thinking that their fight, about a betrayal of the school's honor code, led to Fritz's disappearance.
A decade later, after an early triumph with his first novel, followed by too much partying and too little work, Matthias realizes he has stalled out and become a failure as a writer, a boyfriend, a man. So when he is offered a job at Blackburne as an English teacher, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together. But once on campus, Matthias gets swiftly drawn into the past and is driven to find out what happened to Fritz. Along the way he must reckon with Fritz's complicated and powerful Washington, D.C., family and the shocking death of a student--and begin to understand his own place in the privileged world of Blackburne.
In the spirit of film noir, Shadow of the Lions takes plenty of dark, surprising twists--it's a thriller, but also a moving debut that is as much about the mystery as it is about the redemption of a broken friendship and a lost soul.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christopher Swann earned a PHD in creative writing from Georgia State University and has won awards and recognition from GSU, Washington and Lee University, and the Heekin Group Foundation's Tara Fellowship for Short Fiction. He's is the English department chair at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, where he has taught for two decades. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta.