September 27, 2013, 6 pm University of North Florida, Student Union Center
Publication party, reading and book signing to celebrate the release of STALKING OTTIS TOOLE: A SOUTHERN GOTHIC by Tim Gilmore, and BRIGHTLEAF by Raleigh Rand.
Ottis Toole was either one of the worst serial killers in history or a dimwitted arsonist who never meant to kill anyone. Or someone somewhere between. It’s hard to tell if Ottis Toole himself knew which Ottis was Ottis.
Raleigh Rand’s Brightleaf
The Rapturous Rest is not a brothel, nor is it a funeral parlor. It’s a boarding house located in the fictional town of Brightleaf, North Carolina. Its proprietor, Mary Beth Green, is a self-righteous thief, liar, and carpool driver who conducts an amateur therapy group in her living room– with a core membership that includes a Deadhead, a psychology professor, a trust-fund baby, and a man who tells fortunes based on…grocery lists. Brightleaf is primarily a farce that is part murder mystery, part romantic comedy, part self-discovery.