Bookplate continues author event with Conaway at The Kitchen

CHESTERTOWN — The Bookplate may have odd hours at the moment because of renovations at its Cross Street location, but the bookstore is continuing its series of author lectures.

Next up is James “Jim” Conaway for a 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 event at The Kitchen at The Imperial.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Kitchen at the Imperial is located at 208 High St. in downtown Chestertown.

Conaway’s illustrated book “Tio and the Blue Witch,” published last June, is out in both paperback and hardback, and available at The Bookplate.

“Tio and the Blue Witch” brings together folklore, legend, romance and humor in one compelling story for imaginative readers aged 6 to 96.

Characters include a witch gifted with extraordinary powers; a talking mule; a vegetative knight from the ancient Celtic world; King Arthur’s early court; a band of reformed bandits; the frog with a hundred eyes; and others such as Dancing Man, Moon Leaper, Horned Woman, the Questing Beast, Unseen, Miraculous Stone and Weeping Ghost.

Conaway grew up in Memphis but lived in Europe for several years before moving to Washington, D.C.

He now divides his time between Virginia and Washington.

A former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, Conaway is the author of three novels and nine books of nonfiction, including “The Far Side of Eden,” a Washington Post Best Book of the Year in 2002 and a sequel to his best-selling “Napa: The Story of an American Eden.”

His other books include the memoir “Memphis Afternoons” and “The Kingdom in the Country,” a personal journey in a van through the public lands of the American West.

Conaway’s first novel, “The Big Easy,” is based on his experiences as a police reporter in New Orleans.

His second novel, “World’s End,” is a Louisiana coastal saga of politics and crime.

Conaway has written for many magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Republic, Gourmet, Smithsonian and National Geographic Traveler.

For more event information, call The Bookplate at 410-778-4167 or email

The Bookplate will continue its event series with an author lecture and tarot readings at Sultana’s Lawrence Wetlands Preserve on Feb. 14. Washington College professor Elizabeth O’Connor will be discussing her book about artist Pamela Coleman Smith, with skilled readers Tara Holste and Kayce Martin offering their services for both couples and individual readings.

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