Christopher Swann Presents His Deep, Dark Thriller: Shadow of the Lions

We can't wait to meet this gifted debut author!! We love the book!  And we're not alone.....

“A wonderful coming of age story, a taut emotional rollercoaster, and a hell of a debut. Christopher Swann hits the sweet spot with a novel that has a gripping plot, beautifully rendered characters, and an accomplished style. I loved it.”
—David Liss, author of The Day of Atonement

“Both a poignant coming-of-age tale and a suspenseful mystery. Set in the persistently alluring environs of an elite prep school, where the idealistic image of striving achievement is always in conflict with the dark realities that trouble even the most privileged of lives, Shadow of the Lions illuminates the complexities of friendship, love, loyalty, and duty with remarkable wisdom and compassion.”
—Ed Tarkington, author of Only Love Can Break Your Heart

“A twisty tale that surprises at every turn, Shadow of the Lions will keep you turning pages compulsively into the wee hours, cursing Christopher Swann for the inconvenience.”
—Jonathan Evison, author of This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!

“Fast-paced and full of unexpected turns, Christopher Swann’s Shadow of the Lions pulls readers into the dark underworld looming beneath a prestigious boys’ boarding school.”
—Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing

“Swann is a gifted storyteller, a master at the twisty tale . . . Under Swann’s deft hand, ultimately, Shadow of the Lions explores the timeless complexity of deep friendship--how it shapes us, destroys us and sometimes remakes us.”
—Patti Callahan Henry, author of The Idea of Love

Read the marvelous essay attached to this page on the origins of the book! 

Christopher Swann is chair of the English Department at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, where he has taught English for twenty-one years. He attended Woodberry Forest School, an all male boarding school in Virginia, for all four years of high school. He has a BA with honors from Washington and Lee University, an MA in English/creative writing from the University of Missouri Columbia, and a PhD in creative writing from Georgia State University. He now lives in Sandy Springs, Georgia, with his wife and two sons.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 6:30pm

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1312 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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ISBN: 9781616205003
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - August 1st, 2017