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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Forrest Ashworth signs The Rejected
Lifestory (2/2019)

A nondescript man named Yehuda has his life turned sideways. The result is highs and lows, hopes and dreams, and ultimately suffering he could never have fathomed. Can he escape his own decisions? Agonizing memories and regret flood his mind as he recalls days walking among purported friends and one very unconventional man who perplexed Yehuda to no end. Mocked by other-worldly beings, Yehuda battles his dark side, and it’s hard to say who will win...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Barbara Brown Taylor signs Holy Envy
HarperOne (3/2019)

The renowned and beloved Christian preacher and New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in Baptist-saturated rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Ken Wells signs Gumbo Life
W. W. Norton (3/2019)

Ask any self-respecting Louisianan who makes the best gumbo and the answer is universal: “Momma.” The product of a melting pot of culinary influences, gumbo, in fact, reflects the diversity of the people who cooked it up: French aristocrats, West Africans in bondage, Cajun refugees, German settlers, Native Americans—all had a hand in the pot. What is it about gumbo that continues to delight and nourish so many? And what explains its spread around the world?...

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Friday, March 8, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Peter Heller signs The River
Knopf (3/2019)

From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip—a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence. Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing...

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Signing 3:30 | Reading 5:30



Greg Iles signs Cemetery Road
William Morrow (3/2019)

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town. When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C...

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Friday, March 1, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Adam Makos signs Spearhead
Ballantine (2/2019)

From the bestselling author of A Higher Call comes the untold story of a World War II tank company fighting from Normandy to the heart of the Third Reich, where a humble gunner would meet destiny in an iconic duel. Clarence Smoyer began the war as a gentle giant, a factory worker from Pennsylvania coal country reluctant to unleash the power of the Sherman tank he crewed. But as his tank platoon fought its way across Europe, into Germany, and he watched his friends cut down one by one, he learned to kill with deadly accuracy and efficiency...

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Thursday, February 28, 2019
Event at Belhaven's Center for the Arts
4:00 in conversation with Ebony Lumumba | signing to follow



Angie Thomas signs On the Come Up
Balzer & Bray (2/2019)

This event is ticketed. To purchase a ticket, visit Lemuria or call 601-366-7619.

Tickets are $18.99 plus tax and come with a signed copy of On the Come Up, admittance for one person to the event, and admittance to the inscription line to meet Angie. General admission seating.

Belhaven University Center for the Arts | 835 Riverside Drive, Jackson, MS, 39202



Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


James T. Campbell and Elaine Owens sign Mississippi Witness
University Press of Mississippi (2/2019)

In June 1964, Neshoba County, Mississippi, provided the setting for one of the most notorious crimes of the civil rights era: the Klan-orchestrated murder of three young voting-rights workers, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman. Captured on the road between the towns of Philadelphia and Meridian, the three were driven to a remote country crossroads, shot, and buried in an earthen dam, from which their bodies were recovered after a forty-four-day search...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Signing 5:00



Milan Sergent signs Candlewicke 13
Cryptic Quill Publishing (2/2019)

Valor McRaven tries to hide his odd symptoms from the “normal” witches. His shadow moves on its own, and he sometimes makes objects move without the required wand. Valor refuses to believe the rumors about his family, even after Mystic Ministry locks the McRavens in the sanatorium and schedules him to be the hunted fox in a ghastly tournament with blindfolded ogres, boiling cauldrons, and cats with moon madness...

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
Signing 2:00 | Reading 2:30



Maurice Carlos Ruffin signs We Cast a Shadow
In conversation event with Kiese Laymon
One World (1/2019)

A bold, provocative debut for fans of Get Out and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, about a father’s obsessive quest to protect his son—even if it means turning him white. “You can be beautiful, even more beautiful than before.” This is the seductive promise of Dr. Nzinga’s Clinic, where anyone can get their lips thinned, their skin bleached, and their noses narrowed. A complete demelanization will liberate you from the confines of being born in a black body—if you can afford it...

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Thursday, February 14, 2019
Event at the Eudora Welty House
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Valeria Luiselli signs Lost Children Archive
Knopf (2/2019)

From the two-time NBCC Finalist, an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family’s road trip across America—an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity. A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Signing & Story Time 10:00


Alice Rhea Mitchell and Sheryl K. Perry sign Scooter Mouse and Rabbit
Magnolia Gazette Publishing Corporation (2019)

When Rabbit falls from Alexander’s backpack after Story Hour with Miss Mattie, Rabbit hides under the library circulation desk until Scooter Mouse rescues him and engineers a hide-and-seek reunion. Twenty-one watercolors by illustrator Sheryl K. Perry depict the text by author Alice Rhea Mitchell in Scooter Mouse and Rabbit, the second in the series dedicated to children’s librarian Mattie Rials...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Snowden Wright signs American Pop
William Morrow (2/2019)

Moving from Mississippi to Paris to New York and back again, an epic saga of family, ambition, passion, and tragedy that brings to life one unforgettable Southern dynasty—the Forsters, founders of the world’s first major soft-drink company—against the backdrop of more than a century of American cultural history. The child of immigrants, Houghton Forster has always hungered for more—from his time as a young boy in Mississippi, working twelve-hour days at his father’s drugstore...

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Sunday, February 3, 2019
Signing 12:00



Johnnie Bernhard signs How We Came to Be
Texas Review Press (8/2018)

Paperback. Signed.

Fifty-year-old Karen Anders, a high school English teacher and the adoptive mother of Tiffany, comes to terms with being a single-parent and a clumsy drunk in the multicultural melting pot of Houston, Texas, as she forges an unlikely friendship with Leona Supak, a WWII Hungarian refugee, who inspires Karen to change her views on motherhood, drinking, and men...

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Friday, February 1, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



R. J. Lee signs Grand Slam Murders
Kensington (1/2019)

Paperback. Signed.

When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Chris Cander signs The Weight of a Piano
In conversation event with Gary Fisketjon
Knopf (1/2019)

First edition. Signed on the title page. As new in dust jacket.

A tour-de-force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents, for better and for worse. In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life: a Blüthner piano, built at the turn of the century in Germany, on which she discovers everything that she herself can do with music and what music, in turn, does for her. Yet after marrying, she emigrates with her young family from Russia to America...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Preston Lauterbach signs Bluff City
W. W. Norton (1/2019)

First edition. Signed on the title page. As new in dust jacket.

Who was Ernest Withers? Most Americans may not know the name, but they do know his photographs. Withers took some of the most legendary images of the 1950s and ’60s: Martin Luther King, Jr., riding a newly integrated bus in Montgomery, Alabama; Emmett Till’s uncle pointing an accusatory finger across the courtroom at one of his nephew’s killers; scores of African-American protestors, carrying a forest of signs reading "I am a man." But while he enjoyed unparalleled access to the inner workings of the civil rights movement, Withers was working as an informant for the FBI...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Mesha Maren signs Sugar Run
Algonquin (1/2019)

First edition. Signed on the title page. As new in dust jacket.

In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She’s released eighteen years later and finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in a town that refuses to change? ...

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Saturday, January 5, 2019
Signing 4:00 | Reading 4:30



Michelle A. Purdy signs Transforming the Elite
University of North Carolina Press (9/2018)

Paperback. Signed.

When traditionally white public schools in the South became sites of massive resistance in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, numerous white students exited the public system altogether, with parents choosing homeschooling or private segregationist academies. But some historically white elite private schools opted to desegregate. The black students that attended these schools courageously navigated institutional and interpersonal racism but ultimately emerged as upwardly mobile leaders...

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