EVENT: STEPHEN HARRIGAN - The Leopard Is Loose

Stephen Harrigan event graphic with the author photo and cover image
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 7:00pm
Ticketed
BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Stephen Harrigan in conversation with Lou Berney.

Event Registration & Guidelines

  • Tickets are required to join this in-person event and are available exclusively through Eventbrite.
  • Refunds are available up to 7 days before the event. 
  • Our event space will be operating at a limited capacity until further notice. 
  • Our check-in station will be located at the front of the store. We will scan your ticket’s barcode upon arrival. 
  • You will receive your copy of the book at the check-in station on the day of the event. 
  • The event will take place on the second floor of our store. 
  • Doors will open at 7PM and the event will begin at 7:15PM.
  • Event will run for 45-60 minutes, including audience Q&A. 
  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of the book after the speaking portion of the event. 
  • We will have chairs available, but feel free to stand or move your chair around. 
  • Masks are required at all times and must be worn properly over the mouth and nose. 
  • The store will be closed at the time of the event and registers will only be open for purchase of the event book. If you need to browse, we suggest you come within our operating hours (10am-7PM). 
  • BookPeople reserves the right of cancelling or postponing this event if covid protocols require it. 
  • We are currently monitoring Omicron and the changing situation in our city. We will let you know of any protocol changes or cancellations.
  • There won’t be a live streaming or recording available. 
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ABOUT THE LEOPARD IS LOOSE

The fragile, 1952 postwar tranquility of a young boy’s world explodes one summer day when a leopard escapes from the Oklahoma City zoo, throwing all the local residents into dangerous excitement, in this evocative story of a child’s confrontation with his deepest fears

For Grady McClarty, an ever-watchful but bewildered five-year-old boy, World War II is only a troubling, ungraspable event that occurred before he was born. But he feels its effects all around him. He and his older brother Danny are fatherless, and their mother, Bethie, is still grieving for her fighter-pilot husband. Most of all, Grady senses it in his two uncles: young combat veterans determined to step into a fatherhood role for their nephews, even as they struggle with the psychological scars they carry from the war.
 
When news breaks that a leopard has escaped from the Oklahoma City Zoo, the playthings and imagined fears of Grady’s childhood begin to give way to real-world terrors, most imminently the dangerous jungle cat itself. The Leopard Is Loose is a stunning encapsulation of America in the 1950s, and a moving portrait of a boy’s struggle to find his place in the world.


ABOUT STEPHEN HARRIGAN

STEPHEN HARRIGAN is the author of the New York Times best-selling The Gates of the Alamo, Remember Ben Clayton (which, among other awards, won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians for best historical novel), Challenger Park, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln, and Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas. He is a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, as well as a screenwriter who has written many movies for television. He lives in Austin, Texas.


ABOUT LOU BERNEY

LOU BERNEY is the best-selling, Edgar Award-winning author of four novels, NOVEMBER ROAD, THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE, WHIPLASH RIVER, and GUTSHOT STRAIGHT. His short stories have appeared in publications such as THE NEW YORKER, PLOUGHSHARES, and the PUSHCART PRIZE anthology. He teaches in the Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma City University.


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