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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Barry Gifford signs Southern Nights and Sailor & Lula
Seven Stories Press (2019)

Barry Gifford’s three Southern Gothic novels, Night People, Arise and Walk, and Baby Cat-Face, may be among the weirdest and best of Gifford’s novels for their sheer velocity—the copious, raw violence; the invented religions and gods that make people do things; and how the horrors somehow cohabit—affably—with the genuine pathos and loveliness of the unforgettable characters that live in these books and the things they say so easily that we’ve never heard anyone say before...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Mary Miller signs Biloxi
Liveright (5/2019)

Mary Miller seizes the mantle of southern literature with this wry tale of middle age and the unexpected turns a life can take. Like her predecessors Ann Beattie and Raymond Carver, Mary Miller brings an essential voice to her generation. Building on her critically acclaimed novel, The Last Days of California, and her biting collection, Always Happy Hour, Miller slyly transports readers to her unapologetic corner of the South—this time, Biloxi, Mississippi, home to sixty-three-year-old Louis McDonald Jr...

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
Signing 2:00



Julia Reed signs Julia Reeds New Orleans
Rizzoli (4/2019)

Consummate hostess and lifestyle expert Julia Reed shares her favorite New Orleans recipes and ways to create parties that exude this city’s famously warm hospitality. This follow-up to Julia’s bestseller Julia Reed’s South showcases her entertaining know-how and that of her noted chef friends—and her love of New Orleans. Held in a variety of venues, from courtyards to gracious interior spaces, the gatherings’ menus include such dishes as grillades, grits, and seafood gumbo, and cocktails ranging from the traditional Sazerac to a Satsuma Margarita...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Michael Knight signs At Briarwood School for Girls
Atlantic Monthly (4/2019)

From the award-winning writer of Eveningland and The Typist, Michael Knight, At Briarwood School for Girls is an incisive, witty, beautifully-written novel set at a boarding school in the Virginia countryside. It’s 1994 and Lenore Littlefield is a junior at Briarwood School for Girls. She plays basketball. She hates her roommate. History is her favorite subject. She has told no one that she’s pregnant. Everything, in other words, is under control...

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Casey Cep signs Furious Hours
Knopf (5/2019)

The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird. Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Margaret McMullan signs Where the Angels Lived
Calypso Editions (5/2019)

The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son all eagerly travel to Pécs, the land of her mother’s Jewish lineage...

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
Signing 2:00 | Reading 2:30



Shelby Harriel signs Behind the Rifle
University Press of Mississippi (2/2019)

The first study with a regional focus of the role women soldiers played in the Civil War. During the Civil War, Mississippi's strategic location bordering the Mississippi River and the state's system of railroads drew the attention of opposing forces who clashed in major battles for control over these resources. The names of these engagements--Vicksburg, Jackson, Port Gibson, Corinth, Iuka, Tupelo, and Brice's Crossroads--along with the narratives of the men who fought there resonate in Civil War literature...

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Friday, May 3, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Diane McPhail signs The Abolitionist's Daughter
Kensington (4/2019)

In her sweeping debut, Diane C. McPhail offers a powerful, profoundly emotional novel that explores a little-known aspect of Civil War history—Southern Abolitionists—and the timeless struggle to do right even amidst bitter conflict. On a Mississippi morning in 1859, Emily Matthews begs her father to save a slave, Nathan, about to be auctioned away from his family. Judge Matthews is an abolitionist who runs an illegal school for his slaves, hoping to eventually set them free...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY


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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Ali Benjamin signs The Next Great Paulie Fink
Little, Brown (4/2019)

In this highly anticipated second novel by the author of the award-winning, bestselling The Thing About Jellyfish, being the new kid at school isn't easy, especially when you have to follow in the footsteps of a classroom prankster like Paulie Fink. When Caitlyn Breen enters the tiny Mitchell School in rural Mitchell, Vermont, she is a complete outsider: the seventh grade has just ten other kids, and they've known each other since kindergarten...

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Helen Ellis signs Southern Lady Code
Doubleday (4/2019)

Helen Ellis has a mantra: “If you don’t have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way.” Say “weathered” instead of “she looks like a cake left out in the rain.” Say “early-developed” instead of “brace face and B cups.” And for the love of Coke Salad, always say “Sorry you saw something that offended you” instead of “Get that stick out of your butt, Miss Prissy Pants”...

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Monday, April 22, 2019
Story Times & Book Character Photo-Op | 3:30-5:30



Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


William Alsup signs Won Over
NewSouth Books (3/2019)

What was it like growing up white in Mississippi as the civil rights movement exploded in the 1950s and ‘60s? How did some white children reconcile the decency and fairness taught by their parents with the indecency and unfairness of the Mississippi “Way of Life,” the euphemism applied to Jim Crow segregation? Won Over: Reflections of a Federal Judge on His Journey from Jim Crow Mississippi by William Alsup traces the influences that drew the author from accepted Southern attitudes toward a color-blind ideal...

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Saturday, April 13, 2019
Signing 2:00 | Reading 2:30

Event with Cara Meredith, James Meredith, and Jemar Tisby



Cara Meredith signs The Color of Life
Zondervan (2/2019)

A writer and speaker with a mixed-race family, Cara Meredith's captivating memoir paints the way from colorblind ignorance to racial healing through the power of God's love and reconciliation...

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James Meredith signs Three Years in Mississippi
University Press of Mississippi (1/2019)

The first-person account of a daring, extraordinary blow against segregation. On October 1, 1962, James Meredith was the first African American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi...

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Jemar Tisby signs The Color of Compromise
Zondervan (1/2019)

A survey of the ways Christians of the past have reinforced theories of racial superiority and inferiority, providing motivation for a series of bold actions believers must take to forge a future of equality and justice...

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Friday, April 12, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Nell Freudenberger signs Lost and Wanted
Knopf (4/2019)

An emotionally engaging, suspenseful new novel from the best-selling author, told in the voice of a renowned physicist: an exploration of female friendship, romantic love, and parenthood—bonds that show their power in surprising ways. Helen Clapp’s breakthrough work on black holes in five-dimensional spacetime landed her a tenured professorship at MIT; her popular books explain physics in plain terms. Helen is skeptical, even contemptuous, of anything remotely pseudo-scientific...

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in conversation with KATY SIMPSON SMITH



Thursday, April 11, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Jimmy Cajoleas signs The Rambling
HarperCollins (3/2019)

From the author of Goldeline, an ALA Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth pick, comes a middle-grade fantasy about a boy searching for his father in a world where a magical card game determines the fate of all who play. Buddy Pennington is headed to river country. He’s determined to find his daddy, a wandering soul and a legend for his skills at Parsnit, a mysterious card game of magic, chance, and storytelling. Buddy hopes his pop might teach him the game, or at least that he can catch some of his pop’s famous good luck...

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Saturday, April 6, 2019
Signing 2:00 | Reading 2:30



T. K. Lee signs To Square a Circle
Unsolicited Press (10/2018)

To Square a Circle is firmly rooted in the rich, at times, mythically rural language of the Deep South, as it peels back the edges of an arrested coming-of-age story, told in honest language and evocative imagery through the eyes of an unnamed narrator wrestling with his own independent voice against the persistent truths inherited from within the wound and ache of a dying, patchwork family...

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Janet Brown signs Deadly Visits
Dogwood Press (4/2019)

Emily Durham appears to have it all: an accomplished, hard-working husband named Alex, three beautiful young children, and a lovely old home in the wilds of South Dakota after a move six weeks ago from her native Mississippi. What is missing, though, is warmth. The mind-numbing winter cold and the bleak, desolate surroundings underscore the growing disconnect between Emily and Alex, a rising executive with a cutting-edge IT firm. A young mom, she’s now a thousand miles from home and isolated in a strange, barren land where she knows no one...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


River Jordan signs Confessions of a Christian Mystic
FaithWords (4/2019)

From the author of Praying for Strangers and four Southern gothic novels comes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is personal, raw, wise, revelatory - and very funny. With a unique mix of passionate revelation and quirky humor, River Jordan takes us on a journey through her Southern childhood to her present-day life as a novelist. Her stories run the gamut from dancing disco nights and midnight desert rides to surprise visitations with the Divine...

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Monday, April 1, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Philip Shirley signs The Graceland Conspiracy
Mindbridge (4/2019)

The Graceland Conspiracy delivers a coming-of-age story wrapped in a crime thriller. A rebellious young man becomes caught in a 1990s conspiracy in which the government will stop at nothing to prevent the release of sensitive information about a 1970s crime that could still bring down many powerful government figures and rewrite American pop-culture history...

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Lovejoy Boteler signs Crooked Snake
University Press of Mississippi (2/2019)

The true story of a kidnapper's calamitous criminal life as told by the man he abducted. In 1968, during Albert Lepard's fifth escape from a life sentence at Parchman Penitentiary, he kidnapped Lovejoy Boteler, then eighteen years old, from his family's farm in Grenada, Mississippi. Three decades later, still beset by half-buried memories of that time, Boteler began researching his kidnapper's nefarious, sordid life to discover how and why this terrifying abduction occurred...

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



Tom Clavin signs Wild Bill
St. Martin's (2/2019)

The definitive true story of Wild Bill, the first lawman of the Wild West, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City. In July 1865, "Wild Bill" Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO—the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Poetry reading 5:00



A community reading of Dead Man's Float in honor of Jim Harrison
Copper Canyon (9/2018)

Lemuria toasts author, poet, and friend Jim Harrison, celebrating his life and work with a community reading of Harrison's last book of poetry, Dead Man's Float. All are invited -- you don't have to participate or purchase anything to attend. For those who wish to participate, poems will be read in sequential order and poem selections are first come, first served. If you would like to read, give us a call or come by the bookstore to select your poem. Please join us for a reverent evening. Beverages will be served in remembrance of our dear pal Jim.



Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Story time 5:30


Greg Pizzoli signs The Book Hog
Disney-Hyperion (3/2019)

Geisel Medalist Greg Pizzoli presents a new character who is sure to steal your heart in this picture book full of humorous charm and vivid illustrations. The Book Hog loves books—the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell—and he'll grab whatever he can find. There's only one problem: he can't read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are...

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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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