Shadow of the Lions
Book Talk with Author Christopher Swann
Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m. in the Library’s Main Gallery
Author Christopher Swann will introduce you to his novel, Shadow of the Lions, an award-winning thriller and coming-of-age story.
How long must we pay for the crimes of our youth? That is just one question Christopher Swann explores in his debut literary thriller, set in Blackburne, an elite Virginia prep school. When Matthias Glass’s best friend, Fritz, vanishes without a trace in the middle of an argument during their senior year, Matthias tries to move on with his life, only to realize that he will be stuck in a past of guilt and loneliness until he discovers what happened to his missing friend.
Almost ten years after Fritz’s disappearance, Matthias is offered a job teaching English at Blackburne, where he is swiftly drawn into the mystery and stumbles into a web of surveillance, dangerous lies, and buried secrets.
A sharp tale full of false leads and surprise turns, Shadow of the Lions is a moving, coming of age story about friendship, redemption, and what it means to lay the past to rest.
- Southern Book Prize Nominee 2018: Literary Fiction (Long List)
- Townsend Prize Finalist 2018
- Georgia Author of the Year Nominee 2018: First Novel
- Crook’s Corner Book Prize Longlist 2018
- YALSA Alex Award 2018 Nominee
Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at (865)982-0981 or visit the website at blounttn.org/197/Public-Library.