Local debut author Tone Milazzo is interested in engaging readers of his young adult horror novel, Picking Up the Ghost, in a variety of ways. The story addresses themes such as racial politics, inner city life, urban decay, identity, and alienation as Mississippi teen fourteen-year-old Cinque Williams confronts the ghost of his dead father and the family curse. In the back of the book, Tone offers discussion questions and topics. And curious readers who visit his website can read the first chapter – but have to solve puzzles in order to read the next three chapters. Readers of all ages are invited to join Tone on Saturday, August 27, at 2:00 PM and learn more about the mythology behind the story.
Living in St. Jude, a 110-year-old dying city on the edge of the Mississippi, is tough. But when a letter informs fourteen-year-old Cinque Williams of the passing of the father he never met, he is faced with an incomplete past and an uncertain future. A curse meant for his father condemns Cinque to a slow death even as it opens his eyes to the strange otherworld around him. With help from the ghost Willy T, an enigmatic White Woman named Iku, an African Loa, and a devious shape-shifter, Cinque gathers the tools to confront the ghost of his dead father. But he will learn that sometimes too much knowledge can be dangerous - and the people he trusts most are those poised to betray him!