Mark Cecil in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Mark Cecil in Person | Odyssey Bookshop

Mar 26, 2024 (UTC-5)
Odyssey Bookshop


Mark Cecil will be presenting his book, "Bunyan and Henry; Or, the Beautiful Destiny: A Novel," in person on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 PM at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. This highly anticipated debut novel reimagines two beloved all-American legends, Paul Bunyan and John Henry, in a thrilling adventure that delves deeply into themes of race, class, and industrialization. In this epic tale, we meet Paul Bunyan, a legendary lumberjack who finds himself burdened by family debts and trapped in the bleak, controlled world of Lump Town. When his wife Lucette falls ill due to the toxic mineral Lump, Bunyan embarks on a quest to save her, guided only by the enigmatic Chilali. This quest leads him to The Windy City, where he encounters John Henry, a fugitive on the run from a rigged and racist prison system. Together, Bunyan and Henry strive to reunite with their loved ones, facing riddles, forging weapons, battling giants, and confronting the deceitful El Boffo at every turn. "Bunyan and Henry" is a thought-provoking reinvention of myth that explores the two sides of the American dream and serves as an origin story for these iconic heroes. This modern fable challenges readers to consider the wild idealism and dark underbelly of the American dream, inspiring us all to awaken the folk hero within. Mark Cecil, the author of this captivating novel, is known for his work as the host of The Thoughtful Bro show, where he interviews a diverse range of storytellers. With a background in journalism and experience teaching writing, Cecil brings his expertise and passion to his first book. Don't miss the opportunity to meet Mark Cecil in person on March 26 at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. Admission is free, and this event promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Provided by Damaris|Published Mar 27, 2024


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