DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN)— Pulitzer Prize nominated author and native son, Charles McNair, is returning home for the release tour of his latest novel, The Epicureans, and is bringing some friends from the rolling green hills of Ireland with him.
On Tuesday, December 20, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., the Thirsty Pig Craft Beer and Taproom at 257 South Saint Andrews Street, will host McNair in his soft-release tour for The Epicureans, a tale of a broken but heroic family facing off against spectacular odds.
The Epicureans publisher, Ireland-based Tune & Fairweather, is sending The Wonder Brothers documentary film crew with McNair to highlight real-life locations from the novel and document the signing.
The Smoke and Steel band will perform at the Thirsty Pig that night, playing a mix of southern and Irish tunes.
McNair hopes the turnout for the signing is immense and says he wants to send the Irish home with a good impression of the area.
Like all of McNair’s novels, many of the scenes and characters in The Epicureans were inspired by his life in Dothan. He cites the Circle City and the South as the main driving force for his literary masterpieces.
The experiances of Dothan really have filled my fictional life. My heart of hearts is really where I grew up. All of my books are set in Alabama, my beloved Alabama.Charles McNair
The Epicureans was originally published in 2021, but McNair did not have a chance to hold the book’s official release tour that year due to the COVID-19 virus.
McNair says he tried twice to set up festive book launch events, but both were shut down last minute due to unexpected pandemic waves.
I just couldn’t bring myself to put my friends and fans lives in danger for the vanity of a book launch. This third times the charm, I hope. In the real world, this is the books introduction to readers, bookstores, and markets.Charles McNair
Aside from being a critically acclaimed novelist, McNair has also seen success in the journalism and communications world.
McNair has served as the editor of three award-winning magazines and some of the publications that hold his byline include The New York Times, CNN Opinion, Southern Living, USA Today, and others.
He has appeared internationally on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Sunday Morning Live and the London Times Literary Supplement reviewing multiple subjects such as literature and business.
As a communications consultant, McNair has worked with international organizations such as CNN, TNT, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and many more.
McNair is also a founding member of the Executive Leadership Communication Council at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. According to McNair, the council is a think-tank composed of corporate, academic, and White House writers and executives.
The author’s talents do not stop in the academic world, as McNair says he has dabbled in sports, playing semi-professional baseball in Italy for a year.
While Dothan is McNairs forever home, he currently resides in Bogata, Columbia.