WKU English professor and local author David Bell’s eighth novel, his first set in Kentucky, will be released with New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House USA, on June 21.
Bell will launch his book tour for “Since She Went Away” on Tuesday at the Barr Memorial Library on the base of Fort Knox and will then appear at Carmichael’s Books in Louisville on Thursday. His third and final stop in Kentucky will be at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green at 6 p.m. on June 28. All Kentucky events are free and open to the public. To celebrate his latest release, the Warren County Public Library has launched a new video series (inspired by Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”) called “Writing in Cars Getting Books” with Bell as the first guest.
After his Kentucky events, Bell’s book tour will take him to New York City; Houston, Texas; Nashville and Brentwood, Tennessee; Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Flint, Michigan; Scottsdale, Arizona; Cincinnati, Ohio; Raleigh, North Carolina; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Publishers Weekly calls “Since She Went Away” a “tantalizing thriller” and says, “Bell keeps readers on edge throughout.” Bell’s latest tells the story of a single mom from the fictional town of Hawks Mill, Kentucky. Jenna Barton is supposed to meet her lifelong best friend, Celia, one night for drinks, but when Jenna shows up late, Celia is nowhere to be found. Three months later, Celia is still missing and Jenna is still blaming herself for her friend’s disappearance. The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt. But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.
Bell is also available for interviews. For more info, visit http://www.davidbellnovels.com/.
Contact: Molly McCaffrey, 270-792-8833.