Mark Powell

In partnership with NeverMore Books, the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center will host an evening with novelist Mark Powell, author of Lioness, in conversation with former FBI Special Agent turned thriller writer Dana Ridenour—on Thursday, June 30, at 6:00 p.m. EST. This special event will be presented virtually on Zoom and also live-streamed on the Conroy Center’s Facebook page.

Copies of books by both authors are available for online purchase through NeverMore Books at To receive a bookplate for Lioness signed by author Mark Powell, email nevermorebooks201@gmail.comwith your sales receipt from the link above.

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About Lioness

“Emotionally wrenching. . . . Haunting (and haunted) in the best possible way.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Powerful and layered, this is a tour de force . . . dark, moody, and mesmerizing.”—Foreword Reviews (starred review)

Lioness is a darkly compelling portrait of an artist who evolves into a homegrown ecoterrorist. Mark Powell’s brooding, twisty novel is packed with a distinctively American, highly explosive mixture of religion, art, sexual obsession, mental illness, and environmental menace.”—Tom Perrotta, author of Tracy Flick Can’t Win and The Leftovers

About the Author

Mark Powell is the author of seven novels and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and twice from the Fulbright Foundation, to Slovakia and Romania. He directs the creative writing program at Appalachian State University. His previous novels include Firebird, Small Treasons, and The Sheltering.

About the Interviewer

Dana Ridenour is an award-winning author and retired FBI Special Agent. During her

Dana Ridenour

twenty-year career she was assigned to four different FBI Field Divisions and had the opportunity to work a wide variety of cases to include multi-faceted narcotics investigations, domestic sex trafficking of minors, and violent crime. She spent most of her career as an FBI undercover operative. She is the author of the Lexie Montgomery novels: Behind the Mask, Beyond the Cabin, and Below the Radar. She lives in Beaufort, South Carolina where she is working on her fourth novel.

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