A delectable treat for the body and mind awaits as special guest author Katharine Weber discusses her novel, “True Confections,” at the Adult Book Discussion on Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street.
Take chocolate candy, add a family business at war with itself, and stir with an outsider’s perspective. This is the recipe for “True Confections” according to critics. Alice Tatnall Ziplinsky’s marriage into the Ziplinsky family has not been unanimously celebrated. Her greatest ambition is to belong, to feel truly entitled to the heritage she has tried so hard to earn by working most of her life at Zip’s Candies.
Nobody is more devoted than Alice to delving into the truth of Zip’s history, starting with the rags-to-riches story of how Hungarian immigrant Eli Czaplinsky developed his famous candy lines, and how each of his candies, from Little Sammies to Mumbo Jumbos, was inspired by an element in a stolen library copy of Little Black Sambo, from which he taught himself English. Within Alice’s vivid and persuasive account (is her unreliability a tactic or a condition?) are the stories of a runaway slave from the cacao plantations of Côte d’Ivoire and the Third Reich’s failed plan to establish a colony on Madagascar for European Jews. Richly informed, deeply moving, and spiked with Weber’s trademark wit, True Confections is, at its heart, a timeless and universal story of love, betrayal…and chocolate!
Weber, currently a Richard L. Thomas Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College, is the author of “The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family’s Legacy of Infidelities,” “Triangle,” “The Music Lesson,” and “The Little Women” and has won accolades from Iris Murdoch, Madeleine L’Engle, Wally Lamb, and Kate Atkinson, to name a few.
Chocolate will be featured as a refreshment. The program is free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available at the library or may be purchased at local bookstores. For more information, call the main library at 740-392-BOOK (2665) Ext. 243, visit www.knox.net or email [email protected].