Gary Brice, Lamar University instructor of math, will host a presentation and book signing for “The Birds, Their Carols Raise.” The event will take place in the Executive Event Center at LU’s Wayne A. Reaud Building, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday.
“This book is a four- to five-month snapshot of life in 1960,” Brice said. “It is from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy so it has that innocent approach. This is a story of two families, one white and one black, who live half a mile apart going through the same stuff in 1960.”
The book is subtitled “A fictional tribute to a place of warm memories in a time of violent change.”
Brice will give a 15- to 20-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A. Brice will then sign copies of his book. The event will have an informal atmosphere with informal attire, Brice said.
Brice said he is honored to share something very personal with people, including current and past students. This is Brice’s first published novel.
“I think people will laugh out loud and be moved to tears on multiple occasions,” he said. “There is a lot of intense emotion in my book, everything from great shame to great regret, and young love that I think people will enjoy looking back on.”
The event is free and open to the public. The book will be on sale for $14 or at a student price of $12.
For more information, call 880-8799, or email gbrice@ lamar.edu.