Everyone knows the stereotypes of a Southern lady — a dainty, white woman who tends house and walks about town with her parasol. She has manners, can cook Southern comfort food and waits wistfully for a man to come whisk her away.
Linda Rocker’s first novel, Punishment: A Legal Thriller, begins with a bang.
“The book opens with a bombing,” Rocker said, which shakes the West Palm Beach courthouse where much of the book’s plot takes place.
After enrolling in a writing course at Chautauqua, Rocker took the chapters she had begun in Cleveland and began crafting them into a book, which will be the first of a trilogy.
“I suddenly realized that I had a lot to say, and I could say it through character,” she said. “Without Chautauqua, I’m not sure I ever would have finished this book.”
The book is for sale in the Chautauqua Bookstore, and Rocker will sign copies today from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in the Author’s Alcove, celebrating the Institution that gave her the gift of time and place to write her novel about legal intrigue, coming of age and the morality of punishment.
“It’s the only time during the year you can collect $200 when you go through Main Gate,” said Donna Dominick, speaking of the new Chautauqua-Opoly board game.
Chautauquans who are familiar with the feeling of a lighter wallet when they enter the grounds can commemorate the Institution by playing the game, and have a chance to win back some cash while they’re at it.
In celebration of the release of the board game, Chautauqua Bookstore is hosting a Chautauqua-Opoly tournament starting today at 3:30 p.m. in Author’s Alcove. Up to three tables of six will play, and eager tycoons can sign up on the clipboard across from the elevator in the bookstore.