Larry Weill Book Signing

On Thursday, March 28, the University Press of North Georgia hosted a book signing and reading by Kentucky author Lawrence Weill on hisIMG_0381 recently published book, Incarnate. Incarnate follows a mother named Lara Joyner who believes that her eldest son, Dale, is the second coming of Christ. Weill states this book is about the psychology of this mother who is suffering from schizophrenia rather than being about theology.

The event opened with a brief introduction by Press intern Toni Guest before giving Weill the audience’s attention.  3Because the majority of the audience was English students, Weill focused his reading on an explanation of the writing process and how he decided to shape his book. He discussed his influence by writers such as William Falkner and Ernest Hemingway, who shaped how he set up his story and personal writing style. He also informed the audience that the chapters alternate between Lara and other major characters’ perspectives. He then read two sections from Incarnate. He read the beginning of chapter one, in which some of the major characters are introduced. He explained that he created suspense by opening up the story from Lara’s dream and also showed her different relationships with her two sons, Dale and Louis, and her husband, Frank; as well as Dale and Louis’s relationship which plays a large role in later chapters. He then read “the beach scene” in chapter seven when Lara, hearing God’s voice, enters the sea and is consumed by her visions. Here Weill reveals that Lara is schizophrenic.

IMG_0385Following his reading, Weill opened the floor up for discussion. Students asked about how he came up with the idea for the story as well as the methods and research that went into his writing. He explained that some chapters actually came from writings he had completed as early as 1975. He discussed that while he knew how he wanted the story to unfold he did not have a hard outline for the structure of the story. As he continued to write the story became clearer for him. Because the novel focuses on multiple “New Age” practices such as tarot and kabbalah, he had to do extensive research on each so that he was able to portray them correctly.

Afterwards the University Press had a raffle for five copies of Incarnate, and the students were able to have their copies signed by Weill and even talk to him about their personal writings one-on-one.

Incarnate, published by Blackwyrm Publishing, is available for purchase from these retailers: Blackwyrm Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Sears.

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Larry Weill Book Signing Event

The University Press of North Georgia will be hosting a reading by Lawrence Weill of his novel Incarnate (BlackWyrm) on March 28, 2013 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Library Technology Center, 2nd floor classroom. After the reading, the audience will have the opportunity to meet with Weill and have their copy of his book autographed. Attendance is free and open to the public. All attendees will be entered for a raffle to win a free copy of the book. Copies of Mr. Weill’s book will also be available for purchase.

“What should a woman do if she believes she is the mother of the second coming of Christ?” Incarnate is a psychological study about how delusion overpowers reason and the resilience of youth can persevere. Lara Joyner sees signs all around her that her older son, Dale, is the second coming of Christ, and must help him realize his true powers. Dale, who does not understand what it means to be Jesus, goes through the motions in order to protect both his mother and younger brother, Louis. Dale and Louis’s lives are turned upside down by their mother’s hallucinations and must make sense of this mysterious and dangerous life. Their father and older sister continually search for the brothers in order to bring them to safety.

Larry Weill is an author and artist from Western Kentucky. He has written novels, short stories, nonfiction articles, and poems which have appeared in many local, regional, and national journals. He is currently on his Incarnate March 2013 Book Tour.

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