Lana Austin discussing and signing Like Light, Like Music

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 7:00pm
161 Lexington Green Cir
Lexington, KY 40503

Lana Austin discussing and signing Like Light, Like Music

Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm ET

Location: Joseph-Beth Lexington

Join us for Lana Austin discussing and signing Like Light, Like Music in collaboration with Kentucky Humanities. Optional RSVP is below, but not required to attend the event.

Emme McLean never imagined that in 1999 she would be living out the lyrics of the ancient murder ballads she grew up singing. But now Emme is back in Red River, Kentucky, using her skills as a journalist to prove her cousin did not kill her husband and to find out what is terrifying the town after many of its women went half-mad on the same night.

But to help her hometown’s haunted women, Emme must also face the things that haunt her, things she thought she had lost when she chose to move away: the majestic music of her family’s beloved hills and hollows, the mysterious old ways of her Appalachian kin, and the memory of her remarkable first love, Evan. Through it all, she must reckon with her magical “mountain gift”—is it real, or merely a unique synesthesia? And can she trust it to help heal her family and her town, a place still plagued by the social injustice that first drove her away? Can she trust it to help heal herself?


Author of the novel Like Light, Like Music (West Virginia University Press 2020), Lana Austin’s writing has been in Mid-American Review, Columbia Journal, Sou’wester, etc. Winner of the 2019 Alabama State Poetry Society Book of the Year Award, a 2019 Hackney Poetry Award, the 2018 Words & Music Poetry Award & the Still: The Journal’s Judge’s Choice Story Award, Austin has been a finalist & semi-finalist in many other competitions, including the James Wright Poetry Award, the Crab Orchard Review First Book Award, the Zone 3 Book Award, the American Short Fiction Story Award, and the Machigonne Fiction Award. Born and raised in Kentucky, her MFA is from GMU. Austin’s poetry collection, Blood Harmony, is from Iris Press (2018). Austin teaches creative writing and composition & rhetoric at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is also in the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance.


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