Friday, January 31, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



R. J. Lee signs Playing the Devil
Kensington (1/2020)

Now an investigative reporter for the Rosalie Citizen in the Mississippi River port of Rosalie, Wendy still likes to unwind over a game of cards. Following the demise of the Rosalie Bridge Club, she’s started her own group at the Rosalie Country Club. During the first meeting of the Country Club Bridge Players, the dummy has barely been laid down when another dummy gets in a scuffle at the bar across the room. Bridge player Carly Ogle’s husband Brent is at it again...

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Saturday, February 1, 2020
Signing 3:00 | Reading 3:30



Michael Zapata signs The Lost Book of Adana Moreau
Hanover Square Press (2/2020)

In 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel titled Lost City. It is a strange and beautiful novel, set in a near future where a sixteen-year-old Dominican girl, not all that unlike Adana herself, searches for a golden eternal city believed to exist somewhere on a parallel Earth. Lost City earns a modest but enthusiastic readership, and Adana begins a sequel. Then she falls gravely ill. Just before she dies, she and her...

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in conversation with KATY SIMPSON SMITH



Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Signing 4:00 - until



Jerry Mitchell signs Race Against Time
Simon & Schuster (2/2020)

"For almost two decades, investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell doggedly pursued the Klansmen responsible for some of the most notorious murders of the civil rights movement. This book is his amazing story. Thanks to him, and to courageous prosecutors, witnesses, and FBI agents, justice finally prevailed." - John Grisham

On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers. The killings, in what would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case, were among the most brazen acts of violence during the Civil Rights Movement. And even though the killers...

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Signing at 2:00



Ryan Starrett and Josh Foreman sign Hidden History of New Orleans
Archadia (2/2020)

The history of New Orleans is one of contrasts--heroes and villains, catastrophe and celebration, sinners and saints. In this New Orleans, a serial-killing axeman threatens to murder anyone not playing jazz. A fearless band of missionary nuns pushes to civilize the frontier. During World War II, Nazi U-boats lurk off the coast, while Denton Crocker's battle with local mosquitoes contributes to victory in the Pacific. From the streetcar strikers who lined the thoroughfares with IEDs to the...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
PICTURE BOOK CHILDREN'S EVENT!
Signing 4:00 | Reading 4:30



Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright sign Lola Dutch I Love You So Much
Bloomsbury Publishing (12/2019)

Lola Dutch loves her friends SO much! So when Gator, Crane, and Pig are each having a bad day, Lola comes up with a plan to show them just how much she loves them. She makes Gator a pair of cozy pajamas, she builds Crane a special reading nook, and she takes Pig to his favorite park. But Lola realizes she has forgotten someone—Bear! Can Lola come up with the perfect way to express how much she loves her dearest friend? Inspired by their own four gorgeously feisty children, Sarah Jane and Kenneth Wright are thrilled to continue this fun, commercial...

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Monday, February 17, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Ken and Duke Tate sign The Alchemy of Architecture
Pearl Press (1/2020)

Beginning with his days growing up in Columbus, Mississippi where he was surrounded by beautiful Greek Revival houses, the book journeys through Ken’s upbringing as a creative adolescent to his early days at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta where he started his architectural collegiate career. There Ken struggled to keep up with the hard-edged modernism being taught in school and longed to design beautiful houses with soul...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Tommy Goodman signs Delta Artist
Published by Tommy Goodman (12/2019)

Tommy Goodman is a Carrolton, MS artist and retired achitect. He attended the University of Mississippi and Delta State University from 1964 to 1968 receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts, the University of Alabama in fine arts in 1969 for post graduate study and Auburn University receiving a Bachelor of Architecture in 1974. Since then, he has been in the design principle and an award winning architect at architectural design firms in Jackson, MS and Birmingham, AL..

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Trent Brown signs Murder in McComb
LSU Press (2/2020)

Trent Brown’s Murder in McComb is the first comprehensive examination of this case, the lengthy investigation into it, and the two extended trials that followed. Brown also explores the public shaming of the state’s main witness, a fifteen-year-old unwed mother, and the subsequent desecration of Andrews’s grave. Set against the uneasy backdrop of the civil rights movement, Brown’s study deftly reconstructs various accounts of the murder, explains why the juries reached the verdicts...

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Patrick Murphy signs Reserved Mr. Memory
Published by Patrick Murphy (8/2019)

“The voice of photography rings brave and true in these images, many of which were taken in Chickasaw County in Northeast Mississippi. Many of these photos date from the sixties and are beautiful, sometimes disturbing documents about a place where Pat spent his early years. As a Mississippian and fellow Southerner, I am grateful to Pat for sharing these images with us.” - William R. Ferris, Author of The South in Color: A Visual Journal.

Reserved Mr. Memory contains 61 color photos (59 film and 2 digital) taken in the South (half of them in Mississippi) from 1967-2017, plus text. Afterword by William Ferris. 144 pp., hardbound, 10.4 x 10.8 inches, printed on fine art paper...

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Alice Robb signs Why We Dream
Mariner Books (11/2019)

While on a research trip in Peru, science journalist Alice Robb became hooked on lucid dreaming—the uncanny phenomenon in which a sleeping person can realize that they’re dreaming and even control the dreamed experience. Finding these forays both puzzling and exhilarating, Robb dug deeper into the science of dreams at an extremely opportune moment: just as researchers began to understand why dreams exist. They aren’t just random events; they have...

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Signing 3:00 | Reading 3:30



Colum McCann signs Apeirogon
Random House (2/2020)

The National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin tells an epic story rooted in the real-life friendship between two men united by loss in this daring, symphonic novel. Colum McCann’s most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon—named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides—is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints both physical...

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in conversation with KATY SIMPSON SMITH



Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Lee Durkee signs The Last Taxi Driver
Tin House Books (3/2020)

The Last Taxi Driver is a darkly comic novel about a day in the life of an exhausted, middle-aged hackie about to lose his job to Uber, his girlfriend to lethargy, and his ability to stand upright to chronic back spasms. Lou—a lapsed novelist and UFO enthusiast who has returned to his home state of Mississippi after decades away—drives for a ramshackle taxi company that operates on the outskirts of a college town among the trailer parks and housing projects. With Lou’s way of life...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Andy Davidson signs The Boatman's Daughter
Macmillan (2/2020)

A "lush nightmare" of a supernatural thriller about a young woman facing down ancient forces in the depths of the bayou.

Ever since her father was killed when she was just a child, Miranda Crabtree has kept her head down and her eyes up, ferrying contraband for a mad preacher and his declining band of followers to make ends meet and to protect an old witch and a secret child from harm. ...

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Signing 4:30 | Reading 5:30



Michael Farris Smith signs Blackwood
Little Brown (3/2020)

In this timeless, mythical tale of unforgiving justice and elusive grace, rural Mississippi townsfolk shoulder the pain of generations as something dangerous lurks in the enigmatic kudzu of the woods. The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself -- when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can...

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Friday, March 6, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Diane Williams signs The Life and Legacy of B.B. King
Arcadia Publishing (11/2019)

Blues legend B.B. King spent his life sharing the music of his soul, which shone relentlessly through hardship and triumph alike. He never wavered from his vocation, even as he gathered up other musicians in his wake and melded them into the harmony of his animating passion. In this intimate portrait of King, author Diane Williams offers a brief account of the monumental blues man's life before settling in for a series of interviews with his...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Sidney Thompson signs Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves
Bison Books (03/2020)

Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves is an origin story in the true American tradition. Before Bass Reeves could stake his claim as the most successful nineteenth-century American lawman, arresting more outlaws than any other deputy during his thirty-two-year career as a deputy U.S. marshal in some of the most dangerous regions of the Wild West, he was a slave.After a childhood picking cotton, he became an expert marksman under his master’s tutelage...

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Phillip Gordon signs Gay Faulkner
University Press of Mississippi (01/2020)

The definitive study on the celebrated writer’s often-ignored ties to LGBTQ literature and culture. The life and works of William Faulkner have generated numerous biographical studies exploring how Faulkner understood southern history, race, his relationship to art, and his place in the canons of American and world literature. However, some details on Faulkner’s life collected by his early biographers never made it into published form or, when they did, appeared in marginalized stories and cryptic references. The biographical record of William Faulkner’s life...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Katy Simpson Smith signs The Everlasting
HarperCollins (03/2020)

From a supremely talented author comes this brilliant and inventive literary work of historical fiction, set in Rome in four different centuries, that explores love in all its various incarnations and ponders elemental questions of good and evil, obedience and free will that connect four unforgettable lives. Spanning two thousand years, The Everlasting follows four characters whose struggles resonate across the centuries: an early Christian child martyr; a medieval monk on crypt duty in a church; a Medici princess of Moorish descent; and a contemporary...

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Lily King signs Writers and Lovers
Grove Press (03/2020)

Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she’s been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something...

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Saturday, April 4, 2020
Signing 2:00 | Reading 2:30



Johnnie Bernhard signs Sisters of the Undertow
Texas Review Press (02/2020)

Sisters Kim and Kathy Hodges are born sixteen months apart in a middle-class existence parented by Linda and David Hodges of Houston, Texas. The happy couple welcomes their “lucky daughter” Kim, who is physically and mentally advanced. Following several miscarriages, Linda delivers “unlucky” Kathy at twenty-nine weeks, ensuring a life of cognitive and physical disabilities. Kathy enters public school as a special education student, while Kim is recognized as gifted. Both sisters face life and death decisions as Houston is caught in the rip current...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Robert Kolker signs Hidden Valley Road
Random House (04/2020)

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins—aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony—and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological...

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