Tue 3/10 7:00pm-8:00pm
Jeremy Hawkins launches his debut novel The Last Days of Video
Flyleaf welcomes our very own bookseller Jeremy for the launch of his first novel! We'll have popcorn and some kind of booze on hand to celebrate the occasion.
The video stores are dying. But most of you don't care. You've got your Netflix and your Redbox and your DVR, so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs? Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn-down independent video store? Well that grumpy guy is Waring Wax, and he's usually too drunk to worry about his declining business at Star Video, let alone his quickly evolving extinction in popular culture.
But everything changes in his small college town when a bright and shiny Blockbuster Video opens nearby: Clearly, this means war.So, Waring enlists the help of his two reluctant employees, wildly sexy Alaura and desperate virgin Jeff--who are almost as nuts as he is--to hatch a series of wild schemes to save their little store and fight against the corporate invaders. Together, these three misfits try to save Star Video while confronting, among other things, Waring's self-destructive tendencies, a life training cult, corporate bicycle gangs, and a Hollywood director who constantly sees the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock while in town shooting his latest film.
The Last Days of Video is a hilarious elegy for a bygone era, a quirky and charming story of redemption for a group of outcasts, and a love-letter to the presence of movies in all our lives.
Jeremy Hawkins earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is the founder and lead editor of The Distillery (distilleryediting.com), a web-based editing service. He is also an independent bookseller at Flyleaf Books and teaches creative writing at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. And of course, he worked for almost ten years at VisArt Video, a family-owned chain of video stores in Chapel Hill/Durham, NC.