Lone Star College North Harris News
Published on: November 12, 2010 Bruce Machart, author and Lone Star College-North Harris English professor, will hold a book signing and reading event Wednesday, Nov. 17, at LSC-North Harris. Macharts debut novel, The Wake of Forgiveness, arrived in bookstores nationwide this October and has received high praise from critics and colleagues. The event will begin at 1 p.m. in room 101 of the colleges continuing education building.
The Wake of Forgiveness, chronicles the trials of its lead character, Karel, and his family in early-20th-century Texas. The fast-paced story centers on a high-stakes horse race and the consequences of its outcome, for both Karel and those around him.
Copies of The Wake of Forgiveness can be purchased at the book signing for $22.52. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.
A native Texan, Machart grew up in The Woodlands area. His father grew up on a cash-crop farm in rural south Texas not far from the Lavaca County landscape of The Wake of Forgiveness. After graduating from McCullough high school, Bruce worked his way through eight years of undergraduate study before graduating from the University of Houston and leaving for the Midwest and graduate work in Columbus, Ohio. He later spent three years in the Boston area, where he taught literature and writing at Berklee College of Music, Boston University, and Grub Street Writers before joining Lone Star College.
I’m sure I didn’t realize it at the time, but I must have begun writing this novel because I wanted to understand why the landscape and the vernacular of rural south Texas trigger in me such a sense of longing. It’s a kind of homesickness, I guess, except that what I miss is something that, strangely, I’ve never really had, said Machart.
Machart, who has been making appearances around the country to promote the book, has already begun work on his next novel.
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