Book Launch! Tyler Keith in conversation with Ace Atkins for The Mark of Cain

Wednesday November 9th, 5:30PM: Tyler Keith in conversation with Ace Atkins for The Mark of Cain
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 5:30pm

"Tyler Keith is a writer of amazing talent with echoes of Jim Thompson and Harry Crews in this wildly dark, funny trip to the Florida panhandle. This book bleeds with authenticity." -Ace Atkins, NYT  Bestselling author of The Shameless

Join Square Books and Cool Dog Sound for the launch of local musician and writer Tyler Keith's debut book The Mark of Cain. Wednesday, November 9th @ 5:30 PM. Tyler will be in conversation with friend and author Ace Atkins.

About the Book

In a world that has changed much during the six years he's been in prison, Ronnie Harrison struggles to piece together a new life from the wreckage of his old one. As a condition of his early parole, Ronnie must stay at a halfway house for ex-cons called Camp Eden, where things are not exactly what they seem. As Ronnie realizes that he may still be imprisoned, a man from his past, Travis Campbell, shows up to bring Ronnie back into the world that led him to prison the first time. A rough world of moonshine, marijuana, and meth, which also happens to be the Harrison family's business. Eventually, Ronnie's struggle for a new life brings everything to a head in a violent revealing conclusion. 

Tyler Keith's debut novel is delivered in a deft hand, detailing the landscape of his native Florida panhandle as intimately as his complex characters. 

About the Author

Tyler Keith was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida. He moved to Mississippi at eighteen and received a degree in English Literature at the University of Mississippi where he studied writing under Barry Hannah. He spent the next 20 years writing songs and playing in the bands the Neckbones, Tyler Keith and the Preacher's Kids, Tyler Keith and the Apostles, and Teardrop City, making 14 albums and touring in the U.S. and Europe. In 2013 he wrote and performed in a musical play called "the Outlaw Biker." He returned to the University of Mississippi and received a master's degree in Southern Studies and a M.F.A. in Documentary Expression. This is his first novel.

About the Host

Ace Atkins is the author of twenty-eight books, including eleven Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which, The Ranger and The Lost Ones, were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he has a third Edgar nomination for his short story "Last Fair Deal Gone Down"). He is the author of nine New York Times-bestselling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times and a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and he played defensive end for Auburn University football.

Praise for...

"Tyler Keith writes with the rhythm and thrum of a gospel choir. The Mark of Cain lives on the rim of salvation, where hope is dangled like some heavenly gift above the desolate, damaged world below. It's a hot, hard, hardscrabble life, and The Mark of Cain stares into the fire with eyes wide open." - Michael Farris Smith, author of Nick and Blackwood

"Singer/songwriter Tyler Keith has written The Mark of Cain in the same way he writes and performs his music: it's spare, gritty, and packs a powerful punch. He brings his intimate knowledge of sketchy people and skeezy places in a little-known part of Florida to create this dark, suspenseful story that I'm calling Panhandle Noir. Creepy, and fun!" - Lisa Howorth, author of Flying Shoes and Summerlings, and co-owner of Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi

Event address: 
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
The Mark of Cain By Tyler Keith Cover Image
ISBN: 9798218070649
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Cool Dog Sound - November 10th, 2022