ARGENTA READING SERIES: STACEY SWANN
SATURDAY 3/4. Argenta United Methodist Church. 7 p.m. Free.
I can’t stop thinking about the cover of Stacey Swann’s debut novel, a simple watercolor painting that depicts a grand, twisting tree in the foreground, so large and looming that you almost don’t notice the speck of a house that’s positioned behind it. Much like its cover, “Olympus, Texas,” released by Doubleday in 2021 and selected by Good Morning America as one of its book club picks, dreams up a rural Texan family whose drama overshadows any relational loyalty.
In fact, this clan is so prone to tangling themselves up in what Kirkus Reviews describes as “scandals, betrayals, fistfights, and other fireworks” that you nearly forget they’re kin. Arrive 30 minutes early for the native Texan’s reading at Argenta United Methodist Church and score some free wine, provided by 107 Liquor.