Thursday, July 8, 2010

'Vampire' novelist, Charlaine Harris, is returning to her roots

In her best-selling series of novels, the "The Southern Vampire Mysteries," author Charlaine Harris has created a rich fantasy world where humans freely interact with not just vampires, but also with all manner of mythical creatures, including werewolves, shape shifters, witches, goblins and fairies. The books -- also known as the Sookie Stackhouse series, for its main character, a telepathic waitress -- are set in a very gothic version of northern Louisiana, but their roots are right here in the Mid-South, where the writer, 58, was born and raised.


Harris, whose books are the source material for the popular HBO television series "True Blood," which just started its third season, returns to this area for appearances Sunday and Monday at the Tunica Museum and Hernando Public Library. She will be reading from her new book "Dead In the Family," the 10th entry in the Stackhouse series.

"We're very excited to have her here," says Hernando head librarian Heather Lawson, who is expecting a large crowd. "It's always special when you have a local author, and when one is as popular as (Harris) is now, it just makes it more so. Getting a show on HBO can sure turn your life around."

For Harris, who lives in southwest Arkansas, just across the state line from where her vampire books are set, the return home is really about family, in particular, visiting her mother who helped start her on the road to being a writer.

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Charlaine Harris reads and signs copies of "Dead In the Family" at the Tunica Museum, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, 4063 U.S. 61, Tunica. Free. Copies of the book will be for sale in the museum gift shop.

Harris reads and signs copies of "Dead In the Family" at the Hernando Public Library, 7-8 p.m. Monday, First Regional Library, 370 West Commerce St., in Hernando. Free. Copies of the book will be for sale on premises from Square Books.