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Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 
Mark deCastrique - North Carolina Mystery Novelist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Mark deCastrique is the author of 17 mystery and several suspense novels. He was born in Hendersonville, NC, near Asheville and went straight from the hospital to the funeral home where his father was the funeral director and the family lived upstairs. The unusual setting sparked his popular Barry Clayton series (Buryin’ Barry) and launched his mystery-writing career. His novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. The Chicago Tribune applauded his narrative skills in “the subtle ways he captures the geography – both physical and human – of a unique part of the American South.”

Clues to Mystery Writing
What makes a mystery, well, a mystery? Mark de Castrique, author of nineteen mystery novels, shares the structure and conventions that underpin the genre and can add an element of mystery to any story. Join us as we turn our Mystery of Writing theme upside down and uncover the clues to the Writing of Mystery. 



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2019-2020 CWC Upcoming Club Meetings

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m. 
Amber Smith - 
York Times best-selling Young Adult novelist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of novels for young adults. Her debut, The Way I Used to Be (2016), was selected for the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer List of Feminist Literature and Texas Library Association’s TAYSHAS List, named a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, and nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in YA Fiction, Connecticut’s Nutmeg Book Award, and Indiana’s Eliot Rosewater Award. Her second novel, The Last to Let Go (2018), received starred reviews from Booklist and VOYA, and was named a most-anticipated book by B&N Teen Blog, Elite Daily, and Bookish. Something Like Gravity publishes in June 2019.



Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m. 
Gary Hovis - 
Suspense novelist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

George Hovis is professor of English at SUNY Oneonta in Upstate New York but originally a native of Gaston County, North Carolina. Before becoming a writer and teacher, he worked as a process chemist at several ink factories in Charlotte. His debut novel, The Skin Artist, is published by SFK Press, and his stories and essays have appeared widely, most recently in The Carolina Quarterly, The Fourth River, and North Carolina Literary Review.  A Pushcart Prize nominee and former President of the Thomas Wolfe Society, he earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His monograph Vale of Humility: Plain Folk in Contemporary North Carolina Fiction was published in 2007 by University of South Carolina Press.



Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:30 p.m. 
Tim Reinhardt - 
Playwright and Fiction novelist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Tim Reinhardt is a drug dealer a/k/a known veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, who has traveled the world extensively and studied diverse cultures. His travels, coupled with an eventful childhood, shape his thought-provoking perspective on life and his dark comedies. Tim is the writer of the Academy-Award qualifying film Crackers, as well as the author of Afaq: I'm Trapped in India and his most recent novel, Jesus’s Brother James. He is currently working on a film adaptation for Jesus's Brother James. When he’s not busy writing, Tim enjoys making films, playing tennis, and learning about history. He resides in Holly Springs, North Carolina.



Theme: Exploring the Mystery of Writing (By Genre)

September 17, 2019 - Gavin Edwards New York Times best-selling Non-Fiction author

October 15, 2019 - Critique Group Information Session

November 19, 2019 - Mark deCastrique - North Carolina Mystery novelist

December 17, 2019 Amber Smith - New York Times best-selling Young Adult novelist

January 21, 2020 - George Hovis -  Suspense novelist

February 18, 2020 - Tim Reinhardt - Playwright and Fiction novelist

March 17, 2020 - Panel - TBD

April 21, 2020 - Diana Pinckney - Poet

May 19, 2010 - Phillip Lewis - Literary Fiction novelist


Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m. 
Diana Pinckney - 
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

Diana Pinckney, Charlotte, NC, has five collections of poetry, including The Beast and The Innocent (2015). She is the Winner of the 2010 Ekphrasis Prize, Atlanta Review’s 2012 International Prize and Press 53 Prime Number’s 2018 Award. Her work has appeared in such journals as Cave Wall, Arroyo, RHINO, Iodine, Tar River Poetry, Emrys Journal, The Pedestal Magazine, Green Mountains Review, Main Street Rag and other magazines and anthologies. Pinckney admits to being addicted to writing persona, and ekphrastic poems, and has led workshops on both forms for the Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts.



Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 6:30 p.m. 
Phillip Lewis - 
Literary Fiction novelist
Providence United Methodist Church (Room 104)
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211

The New York Times called Phillip’s debut novel, The Barrowfields, “a work of abundant talent.” Phillip is a Charlotte attorney who was born and raised in West Jefferson North Carolina, a little more than a stone’s throw away from the Virginia and Tennessee lines, and not far from the mythical town of Old Buckram, where the characters disappear and evolve in his literary fiction novel, The Barrowfields (published by Crown/Hogarth). When Phillip is not handling real-estate litigation cases or writing, he studies language, collects rare books, plays music (mostly the piano and the guitar), and reads everything he can get his hands on. The Barrowfields was published in the United States in 2017, and has now been printed by separate publishing companies in the United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.



AT A GLANCE - The Entire 2019-2020 CWC Year's Main Activities by Month

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