STARKVILLE, Miss.--Already named by Publishers Weekly as one of the fall's best books, "The Three-Day Affair" will be publicly released Tuesday [Sept. 18], at Mississippi State University.
Author Michael Kardos -- assistant professor in English and co-director of the creative writing program -- is celebrating the publication of his first novel, published by Grove Atlantic/Mysterious Press, with a reading. The book launch, free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in McCool Hall's Rogers Auditorium.
After the reading, Kardos will lead a question-and-answer session, followed by a book signing. Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore will have copies of the book available for sale.
"I tried to write the kind of book I'd want to read," Kardos said. "It was a matter of trying to find the story and keep carving away and shaping it and adding to it until it became the story it's supposed to be."
Fans of Kardos' collection of short stories "One Last Good Time," 2012 winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, may see some similarities in the novel, but "The Three-Day Affair" features a sustained narrative with all new characters, Kardos said.
He described the novel, about an accidental kidnapping, as containing elements of crime, suspense, and mystery genres -- "a story that takes readers on a winding journey with good people who don't have time to make good decisions," he explained.
Kardos said he plans to read just enough of "The Three-Day Affair" at the Tuesday night book launch to get the audience intrigued and spark discussion.