This event takes place in-person in the Picker Room as well as simultaneously on Zoom. Use this link to register and attend virtually: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yRPbdhoCTWGqq9VzvPSkmQ
Camden Public Library is delighted to present Camden-based novelist Ned Bachus in conversation with Joseph Coté in the Picker Room at 6:30 PM on Thursday, February 9 to discuss and read excerpts from Bachus’s latest work, including his novel Mortal Things.
Maine novelist Susan Conley described the novel as “compulsively readable…a gorgeously written portrait of human friendship and all its longing and connection and loss.”
A recent guest on Senator Bill Bradley’s “American Voices” program, Bachus spoke about his favorite sound in America, one that no longer exists—the rumbling and screeching yet somehow comforting sound of the passing trolleys on Philadelphia’s Germantown Avenue where he spent part of his childhood. Much of Mortal Things is set on that same street and in an era when the 23 Trolley still ran. Told in the alternating perspectives of its three main characters, Mortal Things is a powerful reflection on the ties that can bind or break us.
Joseph Coté is known to the Camden Public Library community – and beyond – for his popular Friday Explorations Read Aloud program. Both Coté and Bachus are members of the Rockland Shakespeare Society.
Ned Bachus’s collection of short stories, City of Brotherly Love, won the 2013 IPPY Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. The recipient of two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and two artist residencies at Ireland’s Cill Rialaig Retreat, his memoir, Open Admissions: What Teaching at Community College Taught Me About Learning was the product of a nearly four-decade career at Community College of Philadelphia. Born in Québec and raised in Philadelphia, he and his wife Kathleen live in Camden. Learn more about Ned Bachus by visiting his website.