Join beloved novelist Jill McCorkle for a discussion of her latest book, Hieroglyphics, in conversation with author Brendan Mathews. This deeply layered and masterful novel explores what it means to try to make sense of the hieroglyphics of history, memory, and secrets carried across generations.

“A powerful evocation of loss and yearning… McCorkle testifies to the ageless nobility of human beings who want the next generation to do better. A deeply moving and insightful triumph.”—Booklist, starred review

As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book’s ongoing Shelf Life virtual series, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register below to take part on Zoom or simply make plans to watch the livestream on

“Engrossing… McCorkle finds an elegant mix of wistfulness and appreciation for life… Throughout, McCorkle weaves a powerful narrative web, with empathy for her characters and keen insight on their motivations. This is a gem.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review


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