Florida author Sterling Watson talks about a new novel for the Midtown Reader

With his latest release, “Night Letter: A Novel” (Akashic Books 2023, $28.95), Florida author Sterling Watson proves once again that he is a master storyteller and exemplary writer. Tallahassee readers will have a chance to meet Watson and learn more about his new book from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, when he appears at the Midtown Reader in conversation with Tallahassee author Marina Brown.

Watson’s “Night Letter” is set in the 1960s in the Florida panhandle, and the focus of the novel is on Travis Hollister, an 18-year-old boy who has just finished six years at a reform school in Nebraska. A tense thriller with a noir sheen, “Night Letter” balances revenge with loyalty and violence with redemption to create an evocative coming-of-age story. This is an excellent novel that Watson writes with the precision and eloquence that befits the best literature.

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