5 best-selling authors you could meet (and drink wine with) at Verse & Vino on Nov. 1

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When was the last time you were in a room full of people who shared a love of books, fine wine, good food and a passion for reading? If it has been a good long while (or never), then you won’t want to miss the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s Verse & Vino event November 1 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

This unique literary evening will bring you face-to-face with New York Times best-selling authors and give you the chance to meet and greet in a setting inspired from a scene in one of their novels.

Your ticket includes cocktail hour starting at 6 p.m. with unlimited wine and a cash bar and book signings by today’s hottest authors.

At 7 p.m., rev up your taste buds for a delicious dinner and inspired program. Also included are the do-good vibes that come with supporting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation and its mission to improve lives and build strong communities is free.

The five New York Times bestselling Verse & Vino authors were carefully selected and represent a plethora of genres from historical fiction to mystery, memoirs to reflections on Southern life, and great reads in between.

Are you ready to meet these authors up close and personal November 1?

Elliot Ackerman

Elliot joined the Marines at 18 and was commissioned as an officer in 2003, straight out of college. He is a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. He is the author of “Dark at the Crossing,” a finalist for the National Book Award, and “Green on Blue.”

His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the New York Times MagazineThe Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. His new release is “Waiting for Eden.”

Lou Berney

Into crime reads that keep you hooked till the very end? Then you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to meet Lou Berney. He is the author of three crime fiction novels, “Gutshot Straight,” “Whiplash River” and the multiple prize-winning “The Long” and “Faraway Gone.” His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Berney’s new release is “November Road.”

Casey Gerald

Casey Gerald, Gen Flux, NYC

Casey Gerald grew up in Dallas and went to Yale, where he majored in political science and played varsity football. After receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School, he cofounded MBAs Across America, a non-profit effort of MBAs and entrepreneurs working together to revitalize communities throughout the country.

If you know nothing about his background or the challenges Casey faced growing up, those above facts are truly remarkable. Gerald was named one of “The Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company. His memoir and new release is titled “There Will Be No Miracles Here.”

Paula McLain

Paula knows a thing or two about perseverance and survival. She was born in Fresno, CA and she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System after their parents abandoned them. Her next 14 years were spent moving in and out of various foster homes. After taking several jobs upon aging out of the system, she determined she wanted to be a writer.

Paula McLain has been credited with reinvigorating the genre of historical fiction. Her acclaimed New York Times best-selling novels “The Paris Wife” and “Circling the Sun” have sold more than two million copies combined. She is also the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, “Like Family,” “Growing up in Other People’s Houses,” and a first novel, “A Ticket to Ride.” Her new release is titled “Love and Ruin.”

Julia Reed

Ready to meet a tough, funny and talented Southern lady and discover what makes them tick? Here is your opportunity. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun, where she writes the magazine’s “The High & the Low” column.

She is the author of “But Mama Always Puts Vodka in Her Sangria,” “Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties,” “Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena” and “The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story.” Her newest release is titled “South Toward Home.”

The Verse & Vino event is a wonderful time to meet a favorite author or discover a new read! Park Road Books will be selling new releases from all five of the authors until 9:30 p.m. at the event. Or pre-order a book bundle for $150 which includes the newest books from all the featured authors.

No suspense here. This happy ending will be filled with the love of reading, libraries, authors, wine and food! Get your tickets today.

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