John Russell presents All the Right Circles

Jack Callahan is an outsider in his adopted hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. A successful lawyer, he's spent years trying to move in all the right circles. But with his literary mother in a sanitarium, his society marriage on the rocks, and his biggest client--Raleigh's family-owned newspaper the Criterion--facing a hostile takeover, he's beginning to wonder if it's really worth it.

Step by step readers are drawn into the "non-secret secrets" of an elite that wields power founded on intricate manners and unsolved crimes. Jack's mentor, World War II hero Hugh Symmes, is haunted by family misdeeds during the Wilmington Massacre of 1898. His client, Ward Forrest, third-generation newspaper heir, portions out liberal duty against riches amassed during the Jim Crow past. His friend, African-American judge Kai-Jana Blount, weighs the call to higher office against deals with men her civil rights crusading family had opposed.

Together they face a threat from Wall Street raider Victor Broman, Jack's former client, who is hell-bent to acquire the Criterion for shadowy patrons. Jack tries his best to "do the hero-ing"--but questions the costs. Eventually, he takes counsel from his friend Lowry, a mysterious Native American mystic, who unveils a different path, away from all the right circles.

Author Bio:

John Russell is the author of Favorite Sons, which won the Sir Raleigh Award for Fiction, and was reviewed favorably in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Charlotte Observer, and the upcoming All the Right Circles. He has worked as an editor at Houghton Mifflin Company working with Pat Conroy, John Jay Osborn, and Richard Ford. One of the books he edited, A VIRGIL THOMSON READER, won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Russell was a lawyer and, while a Visiting Scholar at UNC, a consultant for Homeland Security advising on bioterrorism. He joined global law firm K&L Gates as head of the Life Sciences practice and continued until retiring to write full time. You can find his writing in the Los Angeles Times, Raleigh News and Observer, and Southern Cultures. 

 A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, he was educated at the University of North Carolina, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School. He and his wife divide their time between North Carolina and Mexico.




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Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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