Reader Meet Writer: Kim Powers in conversation with Louis Bayard


This virtual event is offered by The Snail on the Wall in partnership with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Admission is free, but you must register. 


Tuesday, August 11, 4:00 pm CST

About Rules for Being Dead:
It’s the late 1960s in McKinney, Texas. At the downtown theater and the local drive-in, movies—James BondMy Fair LadyAlfie, and Doctor Zhivago—feed the dreams and obsessions of ten-year-old Clarke who loves Audrey, Elvis, his family, and the handsome boy in the projector booth. Then Clarke loses his beloved mother. And no one will tell him how she died. No one will tell her either. She is floating above the trees and movie screens of McKinney, trapped between life and death, searching for a glimpse of her final moments on this earth. The shattering answer haunts Rules for Being Dead, Kim Powers’ darkly humorous and incredibly moving novel. An unlikely love child of Mark Childress’ Crazy in Alabama and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, this book pays homage to the movies of the 1960s and vividly conjures the machinations of small-town Texas with a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected tenderness. Native Texan Kim Powers brings a steady hand to all proceedings, including a ghostly mother, an evil stepmother, a clueless father, and a full cast of misfits--all orchestrated within a lively plot which is anything but predictable.

About Kim Powers:
Kim Powers is a two-time Emmy winner and author of the novels Dig Two Graves and Capote in Kansas, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir The History of Swimming, a Barnes & Noble Discover Book and Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Memoir of the Year. He also wrote the screenplay for the festival-favorite indie film Finding North and the new play Sidekicked, a “one broad comedy” about Vivian Vance. Powers is the Senior Writer for ABC's 20/20, part of the team that has received an unprecedented three consecutive Edward R. Murrow Awards. A native Texan, he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. In 2007, he was selected by Out Magazine for the influential "Out 100" list. He lives in Manhattan and Asbury Park, NJ.

About Louis Bayard:
In the words of the New York Times, Louis Bayard “reinvigorates historical fiction,” rendering the past "as if he'd witnessed it firsthand." His latest novel is Courting Mr. Lincoln. He is a New York Times Notable Book author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed young-adult title Lucky Strikes. He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches at George Washington University. Visit him online at

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ISBN: 9781949467352
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Published: Blair - August 4th, 2020

Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750446
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 11th, 2020