Tennis, anyone? Chapel Hill author Nic Brown's new tennis-themed novel, Doubles, will almost certainly take less time to read than watching the recent record-setting 11-hour tennis match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon. Brown's book of short stories, Floodmarkers, was released to wide acclaim last year. Doubles, his first novel, focuses on Slow and Kaz, two former doubles tennis partners whose lives are in a slump—as are their games. As their former coach, Manny, attempts to reunite them, they also attempt to work through the problems in their lives—including the fate of Slow's wife, in a coma from an accident Slow caused.
Library Journal says, "Brown may be the John Updike for a new generation." Find out for yourself when Brown celebrates the publication of Doubles 7–10 p.m. at The Crunkleton at 320 W. Franklin St., which includes a reading at 8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Root Liquor, which will offer drink specials throughout the evening; Flyleaf Books will provide copies of the book. Brown will also do readings at Flyleaf Books July 6, McIntyre's Fine Books July 10, The Regulator Bookshop July 13 and Quail Ridge Books July 22. —Zack Smith