Late Afternoon of Terror to be held at local bookstore

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On Thursday October 30th there will be two literary events at Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers, The Late Afternoon of Terror, and A Reading and Book Signing by acclaimed memoirist, Jennifer Boylan.

The Late Afternoon of Terror will be held at the bookstore from 5:30 – 7:00

According to H.P. Lovecraft, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and their admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tale as a literary form.”

Arnold Lobel noted that “Frog and Toad sat close by the fire. They were scared. The teacups shook in their hands. They were having the shivers. It was a good warm feeling.”

So bring your favorite tale of terror to read aloud or just come and enjoy the nameless horrors, and fetid vapors wafting up from forgotten charnel vaults.

The event will be followed by a fantastic reading and book signing by nationally renowned author Jennifer Boylan for her memoir, I’m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted.

“From the bestselling author of “She’s Not There”, which was a UMF One Book One Campus selection, comes another buoyant, unforgettable memoir – “I’m Looking Through You” is about growing up in a haunted house…and making peace with the ghosts that dwell in our hearts.

For Jennifer Boylan, creaking stairs, fleeting images in the mirror, and the remote whisper of human voices were everyday events in the Pennsylvania house in which she grew up in the 1970s. But these weren’t the only specters beneath the roof of the mansion known as the “Coffin House.” Jenny herself–born James–lived in a haunted body, and both her mysterious, diffident father and her wild, unpredictable sister would soon become ghosts to Jenny as well.

“I’m Looking Through You” is an engagingly candid investigation of what it means to be “haunted.” Looking back on the spirits who invaded her family home, Boylan launches a full investigation with the help of a group of earnest, if questionable, ghostbusters. Boylan also examines the ways we find connections between the people we once were and the people we become. With wit and eloquence, Boylan shows us how love, forgiveness, and humor help us find peace–with our ghosts, with our loved ones, and with the uncanny boundaries, real and imagined, between men and women.”

About the Author

Jennifer Finney Boylan is a widely praised author and professor. Jenny has been a frequent guest on a number of national television and radio programs, including three visits to the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also appeared on the Larry King Show, The Today Show and been the subject of a documentary on CBS News’ 48 Hours. She has also appeared on a wide range of local and syndicated television shows, as well as NPR’s Marketplace and the Diane Rehm show. In 2007 she played herself on two episodes of ABC’s “All My Children.” She has spoken widely around the country on gender and imagination, at venues including the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and the New Jersey State Theatre.

Critical Praise For I’m Looking Through You

“A LOVELY, HEARTENING PIECE OF WORK… Boylan’ s vivid atmosphere and characterizations and use of dramatic irony and comic relief give this memoir a bright, shimmering force.” – Kirkus Reviews

“One of the finest literary memoirs of the last several decades.” – Richard Russo (Pulitzer Prize winning author of Empire Falls)

Call DDG Booksellers, at 778-3454, or email, for details.

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