So what could be better than reading The Bone Church yourself? Having the author read an excerpt live! Even more exciting, the reading will take place in a bookstore in Prague! On October 6th, Victoria Dougherty invites you to the Globe Bookstore and Cafe located at Pštrossova 6, Praha 1, Prague, Czech Republic promptly at 7 p.m.
I had a few questions for my new, favorite cold war author, and Ms. Dougherty kindly shared her answers.
First, I want to thank you, Michele, for having me on. I love getting the chance to talk to other readers and writers almost as much as I love writing…and that’s saying a lot.
When you’re in Prague, do you see your characters around every corner? Felix and Magdalena? What about Srut? I have a long history with Prague. My mother and brother were born there, and I lived there for nearly four years in the 1990s. I guess it’s fair to say that I get a bit of sensory overload when I’m there. Do I see my characters there? I guess the short answer is yes, but they coexist with memories from my time there and the stories I heard around my dinner table growing up. My family story was a two-hanky drama: heroes and villains, cowards, redeemers and the redeemed, those who were beyond hope, and those who pulled victory from a hat just as it looked like it was all over for them. There were ghosts, there were priests, and there were spies. Beautiful women and dashing men. Achingly beautiful love stories and wretched marriages. Drinking and smoking and storytelling – lots of storytelling. So, when I’m inPrague, I may see my grandmother walking out of the Magistrate on Old Town Square on her wedding day. Or my mother walking home from the market being followed by a secret policeman. I may also see Srut in the shadows, looking for an easy mark, Felix in better days coming home from a hockey game. My own memories might include a favorite haunt, like the 400 year-old, fire-lit pub where I met my husband.
Describe your thoughts about sharing a reading with fans in the cozy confines of The Globe Bookstore and Café in Prague? I’m nervous and I’m excited. Mostly because my twelve year-old son will be traveling with me and I want this to be a trip he never forgets. But my reading will also be filled with friends and family members as well as people unknown to me who’ve read my book. Now that I think about it, that’s pretty daunting. I’ve yet to choose a passage to read – got any ideas?
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Have you done these before? I’ve done a fair amount of public speaking and I used to act in plays, so I’m accustomed to standing in front of a crowd. However, this is my first reading from my novel. It means a lot to me that it’s going to be in Prague. I’m still in a state of disbelief, actually.
Prague at nightWhat Cold War tale/novel do you have planned next? My next book is called The Hungarian and I’m in edits right now. An adventure, a spy-thriller and a love story, The Hungarian examines the intersection of three lives – a drifting ex-pat, a fugitive Russian diplomat, and a Hungarian assassin with a weakness for rich food and sadistic murder. It’s got Sputnik, murder by salt poisoning, a Russian mystic, and a great roll in the hay inside an old, abandoned chapel, what more could you want?
What more, indeed! Okay, now I'm very excited. Are you? If you're planning on being in Prague October 6th, check out The Globe Bookstore and Cafe, and sip a hot cup of coffee while being transported back in time to a moment in history where hope was in short supply, but love, and the will to survive, conquered all.
Victoria Dougherty bio:
Victoria Dougherty writes fiction, drama, and essays that often revolve around spies, killers, curses and destinies. Her work has been published or profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, International Herald Tribune and elsewhere. Earlier in her career, while living in Prague, she co-founded Black Box Theater, translating, producing and acting in several Czech plays. She lives with her husband and children in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Victoria Dougherty’s blog, Cold: www.victoriadougherty.wordpress.com
All photos courtesy of Victoria Dougherty