Jem Lester featured on Simon Mayo’s Drive time Book Club when his novel, Schtum was published in hardback last year. Jem will be talking about his book, coming out in paperback this month, at the Brannams Campus, Barnstaple and at Barnstaple library on Thursday, February 23.
Schtum described by the Observer as “A darker, sadder version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, but just as moving”, follows a family struggling to cope with a severely autistic, mute, 11-year-old boy and draws upon the writer’s own experience with his son.
Sarah Woodcock, Library Services Coordinator at Petroc said that she had organised the event because “I heard Jem discussing the book on Radio 2 and thought then that the subject matter would really appeal to our students and people in our community. I am really pleased that Members of The North Devon Forum for Autism will also be attending to raise awareness of the work that they do locally to support families affected by the condition”
The event is part funded by a grant awarded to both libraries by the South West Regional Library service (SWRLS) in conjunction with Literature Works to organise a joint author event as part of the SWRLS/ Literature Works Reading Passport initiative and is also supported by Orion books.
Tickets for the Brannams event starting at 2pm are available from Petroc Library. Tickets for the Barnstaple Library event beginning at 7pm will cost £2.50 to include refreshments and are available from Barnstaple library. The author will be signing copies at both events.