The 2019 Arts & Lecture Series

We are thrilled to announce Season One of the North Carolina Book Festival/Quail Ridge Books Arts & Lecture Series.

Subscriptions can be purchased here.

The Arts & Lecture Series strives to bring the most engaging authors, writers and thinkers to our state.

The inaugural season of the series features some of the most celebrated writers working today. They are novelists and essayists whose award-winning works cover the most compelling topics in contemporary society.

Season One features:

Karl Marlantes in conversation with Wiley Cash

Wednesday, August 21 at 7pm, Quail Ridge Books

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From Karl Marlantes, NY Times-bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to WarDeep River is a rich family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, set against the early labor movements, World War I, and the upheaval of early twentieth-century America. Layered with fascinating historical detail, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity.

Karl Marlantes graduated from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, before serving as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals.

Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Last BalladA Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy.

Sarah Rose Etter in conversation with Jeff Jackson

Friday, September 6th at 7pm, Quail Ridge Books


Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by several news outlets, The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Twining the drama of the everyday—school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents—with the surreal—rivers of thighs, men for sale and fields of throats—Cassie’s realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty.

Sarah Rose Etter is the author of Tongue Party (Caketrain Press). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cut, Electric Literature, VICE, Guernica, Philadelphia Weekly, and more. She is the recipient of writing residencies at the Disquiet International Program in Portugal, and the Gullkistan Creative Program in Iceland. She earned her MFA from Rosemont College. She lives in San Francisco.

Jeff Jackson is a novelist, playwright, visual artist, and songwriter. His second novel Destroy All Monsters was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in Fall 2018. It received advanced praise from Don DeLillo, Janet Fitch, Dana Spiotta, Ben Marcus, and Dennis Cooper. His novella Novi Sad was published as a limited edition art book and selected for “Best of 2016” lists in Vice, Lit Reactor, and Entropy. His first novel Mira Corpora, published in 2013, was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and featured on numerous “Best of the Year” lists, including Slate, Salon, The New Statesman, and Flavorwire. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Vice, New York Tyrant, and The Collagist and been performed in New York and Los Angeles by New River Dramatists.

***Sarah Rose Etter and Jeff Jackson will also be speaking on the Books and Bands panel at the Hopscotch Music Festival (Downtown Raleigh Residence Inn) on Saturday, September 7th at 2:30pm. This event may also be attended.***

Ann Patchett

Sunday, October 27 2pm, Jones Chapel at Meredith College


The Dutch House will be published in September and is Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date. It’s a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, Danny and Maeve, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

Ann Patchett is the NY Times bestselling author of seven novels includingCommonwealth and State of Wonder, and three works of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England’s Orange Prize, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.


Each subscription to the Arts & Lecture Series comes with:

–One book for each event (Deep River by Karl Marlantes, The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter, and The Dutch House by Ann Patchett).

–Priority seating and signing line access to each of these events, and

–Priority seating and signing line access to allevents at the 2020 North Carolina Book Festival (February 21-23, 2020).

***Your purchase gains you access and books for all three events, though you can only choose the first date.

Thank you, and happy reading!

–Jason Jefferies, Marketing Manager