Upcoming events at New Dominion Bookshop

Two upcoming readings and book-signings at New Dominion Bookshop:

May 27 (Wednesday) at 12:15 PM

Michael Malone, Four Corners of the Sky

May 28 (Thursday) at 12:15 PM

Kira Gale, The Death of Meriwether Lewis: A Historic Crime Scene Investigation

Wednesday, May 27 at 12:15 PM

Reading and book-signing of the new novel by

Michael Malone, The Four Corners of the Sky

On her seventh birthday, Annie’s con artist father left her behind at his boyhood home then he raced out of her life. Years later Annie, now a top Navy jet pilot, returns home on her 26th birthday. But everything changes when Jack calls to say he is dying and needs her to fly to St. Louis to bring him the airplane he gave her the day he left. And if she does, he will give her the one thing she always wanted, that he always lied to her about—the name of her mother.

The Four Corners of the Sky is a novel of love, sacrifice, and the inexplicable bonds that hold families together. Malone brings these rich characters to life as only he can, evoking the unspoken motivations that drive people to define who they are and break out of those bonds when the call of love comes.

“Mr. Malone peoples his fiction with large, quirky casts, and his readers come to know not only what these characters eat, drink, chew, whistle, sing, listen to, read, hang on their walls, and dream, but—most importantly—what they believe.”—New York Times Book Review

Michael Malone is the author of ten novels, one collection of short stories, and two works of nonfiction. Educated at Carolina and at Harvard, he has taught at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Swarthmore. Among his prizes are the Edgar, the O. Henry, the Writers Guild Award, and the Emmy. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife, Maureen Quilligan, chair of the English department at Duke University.

Elizabeth McCullough of WriterHouse in Charlottesville will introduce the author.

Thursday, May 28 at 12:15 PM

Reading and book-signing by

Kira Gale, The Death of Meriwether Lewis—

A Historic Crime Scene Investigation

Meriwether Lewis met his mysterious death on October 11, 1809 and was buried on the site where he died, at a traveler’s inn called Grinder’s Stand on the Natchez Trace. Lewis’s death, at age 35, was accepted as a suicide, though the reports were all second hand and suspect. Despite his status as Governor of Louisiana Territory, and his fame as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, his death was not investigated.

Two centuries later, mystery continues to surround Meriwether Lewis’s death—did the famous explorer commit suicide or was he assassinated? The Death of Meriwether Lewis is an unforgettable tale of political corruption, assassins, forged documents, and skeletal remains. New research implicates General James Wilkinson—commanding general of the U. S. Army and co-conspirator of Aaron Burr—as ordering the assassination. Riveting testimony from leading experts in wound ballistics, forensic anthropology, suicide psychology, gravesite exhumation, and handwriting analysis offers new insight into what exhuming Lewis’s remains might reveal.

In 1996, thirteen forensic scientists and historians testified at a Coroner’s Inquest held in Hohenwald, Lewis County, Tennessee. The expert witness testimony forms the first half of the book. Co-author James E. Starrs, a professor of law and forensic sciences at George Washington University, organized the event. It was an official, though unique, court proceeding. Lewis County is the site of the Meriwether Lewis National Monument and Gravesite, 78 miles southwest of Nashville, Tennessee on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Coroner’s Jury called for an exhumation of Lewis’s remains.

In January, 2009 members of Meriwether Lewis’s family submitted an application for exhumation of his remains to the National Park Service, and the process of obtaining permits is underway. When an exhumation takes place, the family wants to have a Christian reburial at the National Monument site.

The Death of Meriwether Lewis is a call for action. Readers may judge the historic record for themselves as 19 documents are included in the book. Kira Gale presents “The Case for Murder” in the last section. Her extensive research is well documented, with many primary sources quoted. Gale contends that fraudulent land claims, the wealth of the lead mines south of St. Louis, and a planned invasion of Mexico all played a part in Lewis’s assassination. The primary suspect, General James Wilkinson, is acknowledged by historians to have been one of America’s most notorious traitors.

Kira Gale is the author of Lewis and Clark Road Trips. She is a cofounder of a Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation chapter and the recipient of the organization’s 2007 Meritorious Achievement Award. An extensive website has links to over 800 destinations at www.lewisandclarkroadtrips.com . Gale also writes a monthly email newsletter containing Lewis and Clark news from around the country, and blogs.

James E. Starrs is the author of a Voice for the Dead. He is an emeritus professor of law and forensic sciences at George Washington University; a longtime editor of Scientific Sleuthing Review; and a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has been involved in many historical investigations, including the exhumation of Jesse James’s remains and the Alfred Packer cannibalism case.

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