Philip Lee Williams - Far Beyond the Gates
Decatur Library Auditorium
March 9, 2020, 7:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us for a reading and discussion with Philip Lee Williams for his new novel, Far Beyond the Gates. In Far Beyond the Gates, Lucy McKay, a high school English teacher from Mississippi, is estranged from her divorced parents. Her father, Pratt McKay, is a professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill, and her mother a professor of art history at Duke. Pratt, who is ill with multiple sclerosis, invites Lucy to spend her summer vacation with him at his second home, which is in an expensive gated community 250 miles west of Chapel Hill in the Great Smoky Mountains. The summer turns into one of secrets and surprises, as Lucy realizes how unstable her life has been and how desperately she needs the anchor of lasting love to understand what has happened to her. Told in a double-journal form by Lucy and her father, Far Beyond the Gates is a story of love’s cost and necessity. Philip Lee Williams is the author of 20 books, including 13 novels, four works of non-fiction, and three volumes of poetry. Williams has also published poetry in more than 40 magazines, as well as essays and short stories. One story, “An Early Snow,” published in 2000, was nominated by The Chattahoochee Review for a Pushcart Prize. He is also a prize-winning documentary film writer, producer, and journalist. He is renowned in Georgia for his journalism as well as for his fiction, as he won the Townsend Prize for Fiction for his first novel, The Heart of a Distant Forest, and in 1991 was named Georgia Author of the Year for Fiction. He has since then been named Georgia Author of the Year three more times. He was a member of the Graduate Faculty at UGA and was an assistant dean in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences before retiring in February 2012. He and his wife, Linda, live in a house in the woods on a stream in north central Georgia. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase and have signed. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.