Literary Events

Stephanie McCoy

When: Thu., June 28, 7:30-9 p.m. 2012

Local author Stephanie McCoy's novel Sweet as Cane takes cute baby pictures in a slightly macabre direction. Infant postmortem portrait-taker Cane Walker conveniently works next door to her mom, the mortician in their 1950s Southern town, and lives on the fringe of society due to a disfigurement -- and perhaps her profession. Walking to work each morning listening to families being families -- chattering, crying, cooking, playing -- all she wants is to be part of the love. Signing lullabies to dead babies is just part of her way of coping in this haunting novel.  Meet McCoy on Thursday, June 28, at The Hillside Club (2286 Cedar St., Berkeley). 7:30 p.m., free.  510-848-3227 or HillsideClub.org

Alison Peters

Price: donations

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