Saturday, October 12, 2019
Signing 10am to 12pm



Kendall Smith signs The Devil Plays Church League Basketball
Doodleville Media Group, LLC (10/2019)

Kendall Smith shares with the reader memories growing up in a lower-middle class neighborhood, playing basketball on a travel squad with a midget as a point guard, getting fired from his first real job after college, helping his mother put a hex on flower thieves at the cemetery, meeting and marrying his wife, and finally, what he thinks it will be like the day he dies. Interspersed with thirty-plus chapters is a vivid ...

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Monday, October 21, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



William Dunlap signs Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster
University press of Mississippi (9/2019)

The first publication dedicated to a remarkable Mississippi folk artist O. W. “Pappy” Kitchens (1901–1986) was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, and began painting at age sixty-seven. His self-taught, narrative, visual art springs directly from the oral tradition of parable and storytelling with which he grew up. A self-declared folk artist, Kitchens claimed, “I paint about folks, what folks see and what folks do.”...

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Will Jacks signs Po'Monkey's: Portrait of a Juke Joint
University Press of Mississippi (10/2019)

A photographic tour of a quintessential staple of the Mississippi blues Outside of Merigold, Mississippi, off an unmarked dirt road, stands Po’ Monkey’s, perhaps the most famous house in Mississippi and the last rural juke joint in the state, now closed to the public. Before the death of the lounge’s owner, Willie Seaberry, in 2016, it was a mandatory stop on the constant blues pilgrimage that flows through the Delta...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Saeed Jones signs How We Fight for Our Lives
Simon and Schuster (10/2019)

Haunted and haunting, Jones’s memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence—into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers...

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in conversation with KIESE LAYMON



Thursday, October 24, 2019
Signing 4:00 to 6:00



William H. Morris signs This Magic Moment
Fitting Words, LLC (10/2019)

The Moonglows were considered, by many in the know, to be the best of the doo wop-era singers. An unlikely incident allowed Bill Morris and Prentiss Barnes to meet, and through a series of rare and providential events that followed, the retired singer was rescued from the depths of despair. Prentiss was the original bass singer of The Moonglows and was disabled from a train car collision years before. He was now living in Jackson, Mississippi, Bill's hometown. Prentiss and Bill connected and became very close friends. From that historic encounter, Bill facilitated ...

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
Signing at 2:00



Ryan Starrett signs Mississippi Bishop William Henry Elder and the Civil War
Arcadia Publishing (10/2019)

During the Civil War, all Four Horsemen circled the flock of William Henry Elder, the third bishop of Natchez. Elder was a hopeful unionist turned secessionist whose diocese encompassed the entirety of Mississippi. Consequently, he witnessed many of the pivotal moments of the Civil War--the capitulation of Natchez, the Siege of Vicksburg, the destruction of Jackson and the overall desolation of a state. And in the midst of the conflict, Bishop Elder went about...

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Monday, October 28, 2019
Joint Author Event with Donald L. Miller and S.C. Gwynne
moderated by Jim Woodrick

Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Donald L. Miller signs Vicksburg
Simon and Schuster (10/2019)

Vicksburg, Mississippi, was the last stronghold of the Confederacy on the Mississippi River. It prevented the Union from using the river for shipping between the Union-controlled Midwest and New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. The Union navy tried to take Vicksburg, which sat on a high bluff overlooking the river, but couldn’t do it. General Grant moved his army south and joined forces with Admiral Porter, but even together they could not come up with a successful plan...

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S.C. Gwynne signs Hymns of the Republic
Scribner (10/2019)

The fourth and final year of the Civil War offers one of that era’s most compelling narratives, defining the nation and one of history’s great turning points. Now, S.C. Gwynne’s Hymns of the Republic addresses the time Ulysses S. Grant arrives to take command of all Union armies in March 1864 to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox a year later. Gwynne breathes new life into the epic battle between Lee and Grant; the advent of 180,000 black soldiers in the Union army; William Tecumseh...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Chris Edmunds signs No Surrender
Harper Collins (10/2019)

Part contemporary detective story, part World War II historical narrative, No Surrender is the inspiring true story of Roddie Edmonds, a Knoxville-born enlistee who risked his life during the final days of World War II to save others from murderous Nazis, and the lasting effects his actions had on thousands of lives—then and now. Captured in the Battle of the Bulge, Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds was the highest-ranking American soldier at Stalag IXA, a prisoner of war camp near Ziegenhain, Germany. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Roddie was a simple...

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Friday, November 1, 2019
Event at the Eudora Welty House
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Cassandra King Conroy signs Tell Me a Story
William Morrow (10/2019)

In this poignant, intimate memoir, the woman he called King Ray looks back at her love affair with a natural-born storyteller whose lust for life was fueled by a passion for literature, food, and the Carolina Lowcountry that was his home. As she reflects on their relationship and the eighteen years they spent together, cut short by Pat’s passing at seventy, Cassandra reveals how the marshlands of the South Carolina Lowcountry ultimately cast their spell on her, too, and how she came to...

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Saturday, November 2, 2019
Signing at 2:00



Ken Slay signs Daily Ponderances
Independently Published (10/2019)

Daily Ponderances: Words of hope, humility, and sage advice in 140 characters or less. Never underestimate the power of words. Weaving their way into our subconscious, words can wrap themselves around our thoughts and manipulate our emotions. More than any other external stimuli, words affect our decision-making and frequently dictate our actions. When we consider the undeniable impact of mere words...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Margaret Wilkerson Sexton signs The Revisioners
Counterpoint (11/2019)

In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine's family. Nearly one hundred years later, Josephine's descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job....

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Thursday, November 7, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Mark Barr signs Watershed
Hub City Press (10/2019)

Set in 1937 in rural Tennessee, with the construction of a monumental dam serving as background—a cinematically biblical effort to harness elemental forces and bring power to the people—Watershed delivers a gripping story of characters whose ambitions and yearnings threaten to overflow the banks of their time and place. Nathan, an engineer hiding from his past, and Claire, a small-town housewife, struggle to find their footing in the newly-electrified, job-hungry, post-Depression South....

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Event at Cathead Distillery
Event begins at 5:00



Sean Brock signs South
Workman (10/2019)

Southern food is one of the most beloved and delicious cuisines in America. And who better to give us the key elements of Southern cuisine than Sean Brock, the award-winning chef and Southern-food crusader. In South, Brock shares his recipes for key components of the cuisine, from grits and fried chicken to collard greens and corn bread. Recipes can be mixed and matched to make a meal or eaten on their own. Taken together, they make up the essential elements...

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in conversation with JOHN CURRENCE



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



Lara Prescott signs The Secrets We Kept
Random House (9/2019)

A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice—inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help...

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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Signing 11:00 to 1:00



Wyatt Waters signs The Seeing 2020 Calendar
Wyatt Waters Gallery (9/2019)

Wyatt’s 2020 Calendar features 13 images of recent, unpublished paintings and sized to fit a standard 16” x 20” frame with a 3” mat. The calendars are printed on textured paper – true to the feel of watercolor paper....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
EVENT WILL BE IN OUR DOTCOM BUILDING
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Jimmy Cajoleas signs Minor Prophets
Amulet Books (9/2019)

Lee has always seen visions: cats that his mother promises aren’t really there, a homeless man who he’s convinced is out to get him, and three men who give him ominous warnings in the woods. His mother and his sister Murphy try to keep him grounded in the real world. But when his mother dies in a car accident and her horrible husband tries to adopt them, Lee and Murphy flee to their grandmother’s ranch, which they’ve only heard about in stories. But is there a reason why their mother never...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Joint Author Event with Mesha Maren and Randal O'Wain

Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Mesha Maren signs Sugar Run
Algonquin (10/2019)

In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison. When she’s released eighteen years later, she finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom but determined to chart a better course for herself. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian Mountains, she heads south in search of someone she left behind, as a way of finally making amends. There, she meets and falls...

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Randal O'Wain signs Meander Belt
University of Nebraska Press (2019)

In Meander Belt M. Randal O’Wain offers a reflection on how a working-class boy from Memphis, Tennessee, came to fall in love with language, reading, writing, and the larger world outside of the American South. This memoir examines what it means for the son of a carpenter to value mental rather than physical labor and what this does to his relationship with his family, whose livelihood and sensibility are decidedly blue collar. Straining the father-son bond further...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Phil Keith signs All Blood Runs Red
Hanover Square Press (11/2019)

For readers of Unbroken, The Boys in the Boat, and Hidden Figures, the incredible life story of Eugene Bullard, the first African American military pilot to fly in combat, and the only African American pilot in World War I, who went on to become a self-taught jazz musician, a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance, and finally an American civil...

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Saturday, December 7, 2019
Signing 11:00 to 1:00



Neil White signs Stories from 125 Years of Ole Miss Football
Nautilus Publishing (8/2019)

To commemorate 125 years of Ole Miss football history, the Nautilus Publishing Company has published Stories from 125 Years of Ole Miss Football, a collection of stories and photographs that don’t fit the typical “sports book” model. Editor and Publisher, NEIL WHITE, said, “We didn’t want to re-package the same stories that have been repeated through the years. Every interview began with a simple question: Tell us a story...

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Signing 3:00 to 5:00



Wyatt Waters signs The Seeing 2020 Calendar
Wyatt Waters Gallery (9/2019)

Wyatt’s 2020 Calendar features 13 images of recent, unpublished paintings and sized to fit a standard 16” x 20” frame with a 3” mat. The calendars are printed on textured paper – true to the feel of watercolor paper.......

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Monday, December 23, 2019
Signing at 11:30



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....

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