Hear From “Big Fish” Author Daniel Wallace

How often have you finished a book and wished you could ask the author questions about it? If you’ve been reading “Big Fish” this summer for your Library’s One Story, One Community program, you’re in luck!

We’re hosting a virtual conversation with “Big Fish” author Daniel Wallace on Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. You can come to the Library to take part in the event or watch at home on Facebook Live.

JCPL Adult Services Manager Lisa Krekelberg says, “We don’t often get the chance to talk to authors about their work. I am so thrilled that people who are reading ‘Big Fish’ will have this opportunity to talk with Daniel Wallace. I can’t wait to hear all the great questions people have, and to hear Wallace’s responses!”

Lisa is also looking forward to asking Wallace her own questions. “Reading ‘Big Fish’ I was reminded of all the wonderful folktales I enjoyed hearing as a child, like Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox or the Legend of John Henry’s Hammer. I want to find out what legends inspired Daniel Wallace, both when he was a child and while he was writing ‘Big Fish’.”

“Big Fish” is a short novel first published in 1998. It is a perfect summer read full of imagination and fantastical events. The story follows a son trying to get to know his dying father, whose life stories have always sounded more like tall tales than truth.

Daniel Wallace is the author of six novels and many essays and short stories. He is a Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater, where he directs the Creative Writing Program.

People can find hard copies of “Big Fish” in the Library’s collection, and the ebook and audiobook are available for free instant borrowing through hoopla digital. The Library also distributed paperback copies in the community with the hope that people will share them with friends and family after reading.

Check out our calendar to find more One Story, One Community events, including multiple book discussion groups and a storytelling workshop. Call (423) 434-4454 or visit jcpl.org/one-community for more information about One Story, One Community. You can join our Facebook discussion group for Big Fish here.

Click here to discover other engaging programs for adults at your Library. Visit jcpl.org, call (423) 434-4450, or drop by 100 West Millard Street to use Johnson City Public Library. Like Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram to receive daily updates on collections, services, and programs.

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