Richard J. Alley will be at Burke’s Book Store on Thursday, May 21st, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM to read from and sign copies of his new novel, Five Night Stand (Lake Union Publishing, $14.95 paperback). The reading will begin at 6 pm.
In the book, legendary jazz pianist Oliver Pleasant finds himself alone at the end of his career, playing his last five shows, hoping the music will draw his estranged family back. Frank Severs, a middle-aged, out-of-work journalist, is at a crossroads as his longtime dreams and marriage grind to a standstill. And piano prodigy Agnes Cassady is desperately grasping for fulfillment before a debilitating disease wrenches control from her trembling fingers.
“I didn’t want the story to end so it is a fine thing that the main characters have taken up permanent residence in my literary memory, says Burke’s owner and published author and poet Corey Mesler. “Readers of contemporary fiction rejoice. A new artist has stepped up to the mic.”
Richard J. Alley is an award-winning freelance reporter and columnist, as well as the editor of Inside Memphis Business. He has written the parenting column “Because I Said So” for The Commercial Appeal since 2008. Richard is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where he currently lives with his wife and four children. He can be found at richardalley.com.