George Hovis presents The Skin Artist


The morning Bill Becker awakes to find the butterfly tattoo bleeding on his chest, his upwardly mobile life begins its downward spiral. Exiled from a corporate career and from the failed marriage he left behind in a gated Charlotte community, Bill becomes obsessed with a tattooed dancer named Lucy, who is running from trauma buried deep in her own past. Lucy and Bill wrap themselves in new skins of ink, wrought by the same artist, a shaman who convinces them that every design will alter their future. Ultimately, both Bill and Lucy must leave the city and return to the Carolina countryside to confront the skins they shed many years ago. 


Author Bio: 

George Hovis is a native of Gaston County, North Carolina. His stories and essays have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Southern Cultures, Mississippi Quarterly, North Carolina Literary Review, and numerous other journals and anthologies.  In addition to his debut novel, The Skin Artist (SFK Press, 2019), he is also the author of the monograph Vale of Humility: Plain Folk in Contemporary North Carolina Fiction (University of South Carolina Press, 2007).  A Pushcart Prize nominee and former President of the Thomas Wolfe Society, he earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He currently lives with his wife and their two children in Upstate New York, where he is a professor of English at SUNY Oneonta and recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. 


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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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