Wilmington’s indie bookstore presents Midland Club and author Mark Spano.

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Mark with Pomegranate Books’ owner Kathleen Jewell.


October 9, 2017 (Wilmington, NC) – Pomegranate Books, an independent bookstore in Wilmington, NC, will host a book signing event featuring Chapel Hill author Mark Spano and his award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery novel Midland Club, on Saturday, October 21, from 3-4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Thunderfoot Press released the book on Amazon in December 2016. Since then, Midland Club has amassed a plethora of high-praise reviews and a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.

Called a “dark and cynical tale that reads like a film noir classic” by a critic with GayBookReviews.com, Midland Club is a page-turning tale of corruption, scandal, and murder in a Midwestern town in 1958 — the kind of town where the author grew up and at a time in U.S. history when homosexuality was never mentioned, much less acknowledged, in high society. Only one man believes he knows the truth about the recent murder of Puce Bordeaux, the sole black waiter in Midland Club, a private men’s club.

That man is Rich St. Pierre, a “disgraced” and ostracized member of one of the city’s First Families since he and Puce were caught up in a raid on a local bar that homosexuals frequent. The town sheriff dismisses Puce’s death as a suicide. Rich is certain Puce was murdered. And he knows he’ll risk his own life if he reveals the truth.

At only 120 pages, Midland Club is “a small jewel…melancholic, lyric, flawlessly smooth and realistic… an excellent piece of gay fiction of exceptional quality,” says a second GayBookReviews.com critic.

One of dozens of Amazon readers’ comments compares the book to Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil, while another offers: “Spano is a very evocative writer. You can practically smell the cigar smoke and see the dark paneled walls and mahogany of the club.”

After introducing Midland Club – which recently acquired new cover art – the author will read select passages, answer questions from the audience, and sign books that will be available for purchase.


Kathleen Jewell opened Pomegranate Books (left) over a decade ago. In 2015 she added Zola Coffee & Tea to the store, which will be open during the October 21 event.

Pomegranate Books is located at 4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington, NC. For more information and directions, visit pomegranatebooks.wordpress.com or call 910.452.1107.

For more information on Mark Spano and Midland Club, visit Thunderfoot Press’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThunderfootPress/.