This month’s Book And A Beer takes a step in the direction of political intrigue, exploring the Iran hostage crisis, the roots of terrorism, unexpected heroes and star-crossed romance.
Spartanburg writer (and Wofford professor) Deno Trakas’s novel Messenger from Mystery features Jason Nichols, on the cusp of his transition from student to teacher. When the hostage crisis begins, Jay becomes infatuated with one of his students whose cousin is the foreign minister of Iran. Her family insists that she return home at the end of the semester, but before she goes, she spends a week with Jay, and they fall in love. When Azi leaves, Jay is crushed. But when she’s put in mortal peril, Jay finds himself in the unlikely role of rescuer, with an unlikely partner in the CIA.
Join is May 19 at 6:30 when longtime friend Nancy Dew Taylor will be in conversation with Deno about the story behind this story. We’ll be sampling a special beer selection as well for a free, fun literary happy hour.