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Emrys The Reading Room Fall Series

  • M. Judson Booksellers 130 S Main St Greenville, SC, 29601 United States (map)

Real life cults have captured reader's attention for years, now author Amy Christine Parker taps our curiosity – with a look from the inside out – of the ordinary people who fall under the spell of a charismatic leader.  

Her two novels, Astray and Gated, offer readers a look into the complex, fast-paced changing world of young female protagonist Lyla Hamilton who works to navigate the mystery of her community, a possible cult, and the world outside.  Gated has been nominated for the Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award and the South Carolina Library Guild Award for 2016.

According to Amy Christine Parker, there are only five things to know about her. These include an irrational fear of frogs and that she once lived in a 100-year old farmhouse where her bedroom window looked out over the haunted graveyard across the street.  She writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat.


Nancy Dew Taylor grew up in Lake City, SC.  She is the first place poetry winner of the 2015 Porter Fleming Literary Competition. Her book of poems, Taking Flight, was published in April 2015 by Ninety-Six Press. In 2008, Emrys Press published her chapbook, Stepping on Air.  

She is the winner of the 2011 Linda Flowers Award from the NC Humanities Council and of the Porter Fleming Literary Competition in poetry. Nancy has also received awards from the Rita Dove Poetry Contest at Salem College’s Center for Women Writers. Her poems have been published in The South Carolina Review, Kalliope, Appalachian Journal, South85, Wild Goose Poetry Review, New England Watershed, and Tar River Poetry, among others, and in A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry and The Southern Poetry Anthology.  

Nancy graduated from Furman University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA), and the University of South Carolina (PhD).  She has taught in the public schools of North and South Carolina and in universities in Virginia, Puerto Rico, and South Carolina.  In 1991 she became a medical editor with the Greenville Hospital System, where she also taught medical humanities. She lives in Greenville, SC.