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The Regulator Bookshop welcomes New York Times best selling author Lee Smith for a reading and book signing in celebration of her new book, Blue Marlin, a jewel of a novella that follows Jenny, an adventurous thirteen-year-old, down to Key West for a patched-up family vacation following the discovery of her father’s illicit affair. Smith's spellbinding story centers on the fabulous Blue Marlin Motel in 1959, where Jenny, her beautiful socialite mother, and chastened father share their sunny days with movie stars who are in town to make the movie Operation Petticoat. Jenny’s innocent “observations” to uncover the secrets of movie stars also end up revealing the secrets of her own family. Smith delivers humor and honesty to her flawed characters with genuine Southern dignity.
Born in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia, Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and, most recently, Guests on Earth. She has received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; her novel The Last Girls was a New York Timesbestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. A Regulator favorite, Lee Smith’s memoir, Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, received praise from the New York Times Book Review and was selected as People Magazine’s “Book of the Week.” Lee Smith lives in Hillsborough with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther.