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‘Quaker Cafe’ author to speak at library

on Tuesday, 07 July 2015. Posted in Good life, Local News

The Summer Arts Series wraps up its 2015 season with Brenda Bevan Remmes at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. Remmes, author of the critically acclaimed novel, “The Quaker Café,” will speak about her writing process and autograph her books, which will be available for sale at the program.

A Quaker for most of her life, Brenda grew up in small-town eastern North Carolina. Her family roots are in rural South Carolina, however, where she and her husband, who share a passion for genealogical research, settled in 1999. Her articles and stories can be found in Newsweek, Pee Dee Magazine, The Caroliniana, The Petigru Review, and The Southern Sampler.

The Quaker Café tells the story of Liz Hoole, a free-spirited liberal from the Midwest, who marries into a conservative Quaker family. She tries to negotiate the delicate task of raising her four boys in compliance with Quaker values, but repeatedly falls short in the eyes of her rigid mother-in-law. Complicating matters, the inquisitive Hoole uncovers a mystery involving a local 1937 lynching that threatens to destroy her friendships with members of the town’s prominent families. 

The Quaker Café, has met with critical acclaim and sold over 50,000 in its first six months of publication. The sequel, Cedar Branch Sanctuary, is due out in February of next year. This Summer Arts Series program is free and open to the public, with sponsorship provided by Friends of Florence County Library. For further information please call (843) 413-7074 or visit www.florencelibrary.org.

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