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Frank & Eileen Trunk Show @ Dovecote Style at Fearrington Village
Apr 13 – Apr 14 all-day

Frank & Eileen is a story of love. It is named in honor of Audrey McLoghlin’s grandparents, Frank and Eileen McLoghlin, who began their love story when they married in Co. Wicklow, Ireland in 1947. McLoghlin’s parents also met in Ireland and moved to the U.S. shortly after they were married to pursue their American dream. McLoghlin fell in love with the classic fabrics she discovered at an Italian mill and references the mill’s fabric archives dating back to 1897 as inspiration for her shirts. Frank & Eileen’s collections are produced with the finest Italian fabric, a fit and quality that is unlike anything else on the market. Each shirt is manufactured in California, where McLoghlin strives to continue to keep the American dream alive through her company. Using these beautiful fabrics, traditionally made for men, she created a women’s shirt that is feminine. Frank & Eileen is: The best shirt. Ever.

Ralph Hardy discusses his middle-grade novel Argos, now in paperback @ Flyleaf Books
May 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

“Argos offers mythology-loving 9- to 12-year-olds a fresh point of access to the great story”. -Wall Street Journal

In this reimagining of the classic epic The Odyssey, Ralph Hardy has given the storytelling reigns to Odysseus’s loyal dog, Argos, who waits in Ithaka, never giving up hope for his master’s safe return. This is a thrilling tale of loyalty and determination based on one of the most beloved myths of all time.

Leesa Cross-Smith and Naima Coster discuss their debut novels @ Flyleaf Books
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Set in contemporary Louisville, Leesa Cross-Smith’s mesmerizing first novel surrounding the death of a police officer is a requiem for marriage, friendship and family, from an author Roxane Gay has called “a consummate storyteller.”

Whiskey & Ribbons is told in three intertwining, melodic voices: Evi in present day, as she’s snowed in with Dalton during a freak blizzard; Eamon before his murder, as he prepares for impending fatherhood and grapples with the danger of his profession; and Dalton, as he struggles to make sense of his life next to Eamon’s, and as he decides to track down the biological father he’s never known.

In the vein of Jojo Moyes’ After You, Whiskey & Ribbons explores the life that continues beyond loss, with a complicated brotherly dynamic reminiscent of Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys. It’s a meditation on grief, hope, motherhood, brotherhood and surrogate fatherhood. Above all, it’s a novel about what it means—and whether it’s possible—to heal.

A modern-day story of family, loss, and renewal, Halsey Street captures the deeply human need to belong—not only to a place but to one another.

Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She’s accepted that her future won’t be what she’d dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Old haunts have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. That took courage. It’s also unforgivable.

An engrossing debut, Halsey Street shifts between the perspectives of these two captivating, troubled women. Mirella has one last chance to win back the heart of the daughter she’d lost long before leaving New York, and for Penelope, it’s time to break free of the hold of the past and start navigating her own life.