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Book Reading with Harry Kollatz!

  • Babes of Carytown 3166 West Cary Street Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Join us for a book reading and signing with Harry Kollatz Jr. in celebration of his new novel Carlisle Montgomery. This event will take place at Babes of Carytown (3166 W. Cary. St.).


About the book: A debut Carlisle Montgomery, that “Six-foot-five, redheaded, pigtailed, gap-and-bucktoothed, nine-fingered, guitar playing freak.” Smoking, slugging Whisky, arm wrestling, entangled with women and men as well as her hard-touring band, ‘The Live Wires,’ A bluegrass band with a Honkey Tonk problem they’re not trying to fix: Purebred American Mongrel music. It’s the 1990s; the world is divided between Grunge and Garth Brooks, as this story delves into the heart of what it means to be a musician and an artist in a changing world.

About the author: Harry Kollatz Jr., a Richmond lifer, is the eldest writer for Richmond magazine. He’s the author of two books on the city’s storied past. True Richmond Stories (2007), a partial collection of the ongoing Flashback column (going into its quarter century) and Richmond In Ragtime: Socialists, Suffragists, Sex and Murder (2008), a narrative history concerning three rambunctious years, 1909-1911. Along the way he co-founded the Firehouse Theatre Project (1993-2012) and the Fifth Wall Theatre (2013-present). The protagonist of Carlisle Montgomery, his first published novel, started tromping her boots around in his head during the summer of 1998 although the serious work didn’t start until late 2011 and then never really stopped. His partner-in-art Amie Oliver married into all this and generally puts up with Harry and his kakamamie ideas.