In Conversation with Julyan Davis

Join M.Judson Booksellers on Monday, February 20th at 5:30 pm for an In Conversation event with Julyan Davis! He’ll be chatting about his novel, A History of Saints.


During the recession, to keep from losing his home-the stately “Carolina Court,” in Asheville, North Carolina-Frank Reed becomes a reluctant landlord to a houseful of misfits. A New Age outpost in the South, Asheville has plenty of eccentrics, and Frank’s elderly tenant, Angus Saxe-Pardee, is the strangest of all. For anyone grieving what we lose to gentrification, A History of Saints is a comedy of errors to revive memories of when our lives felt harder-yet were somehow richer.


So don’t miss out on this free event!


SUMMARY


During the recession, to keep from losing his home-the stately “Carolina Court,” in Asheville, North Carolina-Frank Reed becomes a reluctant landlord to a houseful of misfits. A New Age outpost in the South, Asheville has plenty of eccentrics, and Frank’s elderly tenant, Angus Saxe-Pardee, is the strangest of all. Taking charge of the household, Angus rents the last remaining rooms to two women: Andromeda Megan Bell’s arrival prompts chivalry and brings a stalking ex-lover to Frank’s home; and in Lida Barfield, the elegant enigma, Angus at last meets his match.


In the feuding and chaos that follow, feral chihuahuas are captured, poetry is butchered, and love and gardening finally triumph.


For anyone grieving what we lose to gentrification, A History of Saints is a comedy of errors to revive memories of when our lives felt harder-yet were somehow richer.


Twenty-four black and white illustrations by Julyan Davis are included throughout the book.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Julyan Davis is a British-American artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. For more than thirty years he has painted the vanishing architecture of the South. Collaborating with musicians, historians, and writers, his traveling museum exhibits chronicle the folklore and lost histories of the region. 


Davis was named a semi-finalist for The 22nd Thurber Prize for American Humor for his debut novel A History of Saints, a Foreword INDIES 2021 Book of the Year Awards Gold Winner Adult Fiction Humor.