Avid Bookshop will host author Jessica Maria Tucelli on Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 6:3 0pm to 7:3 0pm in support of her debut novel, Glow.Jessica is a graduate of MIT and is currently living in New York. Although she is a Yankee, her debut novel is rich in historical Southern literature and is sure to be a must read for fans of The Help. Jessica was honored by the Southern Independent Booksellers by being named the Okra Pick in hardcover, a great accomplishment for a debut novel. ABOUT THE BOOK: On the eve of World War II, young Ella McGee sits on a bus bound for her Southern hometown. Behind her in Washington, D.C., lie the broken pieces of her parents’ love story—a black father drafted; an activist mother of Scotch-Irish and Cherokee descent confronting racist thugs. But Ella’s journey is just beginning when she reaches Hopewell County, and her disappearance into the Georgia mountains will stir up memories long suppressed. As the secrets of Ella’s family history unfold in a vivid generational saga, Glow transports us to the Blue Ridge frontier of 1836, where slave plantations adjoin the haunted glades of a razed Cherokee Nation.