Authors Culley Holderfield and Mimi Herman Discuss Their New Books

Join Culley Holderfield, author of Hemlock Hollow, and Mimi Herman, author of The Kudzu Queen, as they discuss their new books with a reading and discussion on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at 7 pm.












We want to celebrate Culley Holderfield and Mimi Herman on their books with an in-person event from 7 - 8 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2023.  You will be able to purchase the books and have them signed by the authors. Books are available now.



In Hemlock Hollow, Caroline McAlister, college professor and life-long skeptic, is reeling from the loss of her father and her marriage. Her once promising career has come to a standstill. When her father bequeaths the family cabin to her, it comes with a ghost who haunted her childhood. When she discovers a century-old journal in the attic, she awakens the voice of Carson Quinn. The journal reveals Carson’s love for the same hollow that enthralled Caroline growing up. A little sleuthing uncovers rumors that the kind, curious boy in the journal grew up to murder his brother. Caroline plunges into the project of exonerating Carson, only to find herself in the throes of a personal past she’s spent her life trying to avoid. Hemlock Hollow is about how we forever haunt the places we love and how they haunt us in return.


Culley Holderfield Bio:

Culley Holderfield learned to love storytelling on the porch of a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, he ventured to South America, Africa, and Europe. When not writing or working in community development finance, he spends his time hiking, paddling, and pondering in the outdoors. His short stories and poetry have appeared in a variety of publications. Hemlock Hollow is his debut novel. He lives in Durham, NC.



In The Kudzu Queen, fifteen-year-old Mattie Lee Watson dreams of men, not boys. So when James T. Cullowee, the Kudzu King, arrives in Cooper County, North Carolina in 1941 to spread the gospel of kudzu—claiming that it will improve the soil, feed cattle at almost no cost, even cure headaches—Mattie is ready. Mr. Cullowee is determined to sell the entire county on the future of kudzu, and organizes a kudzu festival, complete with a beauty pageant. Mattie is determined to be crowned Kudzu Queen and capture the attentions of the Kudzu King. As she learns more about Cullowee, however, she discovers that he, like the kudzu he promotes, has a dark and predatory side. When she finds she is not the only one threatened, she devises a plan to bring him down. Based on historical facts, The Kudzu Queen unravels a tangle of sexuality, power, race, and kudzu through the voice of an irresistibly delightful (and mostly honest) narrator.


Mimi Herman Bio:

Mimi Herman is a Kennedy Center teaching artist, director of the United Arts Council Arts Integration Institute, and co-director of Writeaways writing workshops in France, Italy, and New Mexico. She has taught in the masters of education program at Lesley University, served as the 2017 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate, and been an associate editor for Teaching Artist Journal. Mimi holds a BA from the University of North Carolina and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson. She is the author of The Kudzu QueenA Field Guide to Human EmotionsLogophilia, and The Art of Learning. Her writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly ReviewThe Carolina QuarterlyShenandoahCrab Orchard ReviewThe Hollins CriticMain Street RagPrime Number Magazine, and other journals. Mimi has performed her fiction and poetry at many venues including Why There Are Words in Sausalito, Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, and Symphony Space in New York City. 






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Event date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
Hemlock Hollow By Culley Holderfield Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781646032860
Published: Regal House Publishing - December 6th, 2022

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ISBN: 9781646033102
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Published: Regal House Publishing - January 10th, 2023