Upcoming Events For December

Rod Stryker Discussing & SigningThe Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity & Freedom (Delacorte Press, $25.00) Friday, December 2nd, 6 p.m.

Please join us as we welcome American yoga master, Rod Stryker, for a free lecture and book signing. From one of the Western world’s most preeminent and respected yoga and meditation teachers comes an inspiring, instructional guide to finding enduring happiness in both the spiritual and material sense. Presented in partnership with Midtown Yoga.

Melissa Townsend, editor Discussing & Signing The Delta Magazine Cookbook (Coopwood Publishing Group, $35.00) Saturday, December 3rd, 1 p.m.

The Delta Magazine is pleased to present its first celebrated collection of recipes and culinary traditions from the most southern place on earth. Edited by Melissa Townsend and photography by Memphian Jay Adkins.

Paul Swets Discussing & Signing Dreaming Big (Authentic Press (Biblica), $16.99) Tuesday, December 6th, 6 p.m.

Dreaming Big helps readers define their ‘Life Dream’ and experience an entirely new level of natural energy. Co-authored by Bobb Biehl and Paul Swets, Dreaming Big describes a Life Dream as a crystal clear vision of the difference the reader wants to make in the future a vision so compelling that it energizes for a lifetime. Not everyone has a big dream. Many don’t know how to clear away the fog and confusion in their lives. Some are afraid to dream for fear their dreams will not come true. Others become content with mediocrity. Consequently, their work suffers. They go about their responsibilities without vision, without enthusiasm and without an eagerness to solve problems, without hope. Dreaming Big understands where readers are and helps them grow past the barriers that hold them back. Helen Keller’s quote summarizes the theme of Dreaming Big: “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”

Emma Lincoln Discussing & Signing Our Mother’s Table: The Culinary Journey of Beneva Mayweather (self-published, $29.95) Wednesday, December 7th, 6 p.m.

From her humble beginnings as a cook at the Memphis Hunt and Polo Club to establishing her own catering company, Beneva Mayweather set a new standard of excellence for catering service in Memphis society that remains to this day. Our Mother’s Table is more than a cookbook, but a tribute to her and her culinary talents. Emma Lincoln is a contributor to ArtsMemphis’ Wild Abundance cookbook.

G. Wayne Dowdy Discussing & Signing A Brief History of Memphis (History Press, $19.99)Thursday, December 8th, 6 p.m.

No other southern city has a history quite like Memphis. First purchased in the early 1800s from natives to serve as a vital port for the emerging American river trade, the city flourished until the tumultuous years of the Civil War brought chaos and uncertainty. Yet the city survived. Through the triumphs and tragedies of the civil rights movement and beyond, Memphis endured it all. Despite its compelling story, no concise history of this home of soulful music and unmistakable flavor is available to modern readers. Thankfully, local historian and Memphis archivist G. Wayne Dowdy has filled this gap with a history of Memphis that is as vibrant and welcoming as the city itself. Join Dowdy as he tells the city’s story as only a Memphian can.

William (Bill) Jones Discussing & Signing Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History (McFarland & Company, $55.00) Saturday, December 10th, 1 p.m.

From 1941 to 1971, the well-loved yet controversial Classics Illustrated series brought abridged, comics-style versions of literary masterpieces such as Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Melville’s Moby Dick, Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Wells’ The Time Machine to millions worldwide. Founded by Russian Jewish immigrant Albert Kanter at the dawn of the “Golden Age” of comics, the series used the comic-book form to introduce young readers to the works of great authors. The restoration of the series in 2003 reenergized the brand and introduced the series to a whole new generation of readers.

Jean “Sissy” Long Discussing & Signing Finding Kate (Cold River Studio, $11.95) Tuesday, December 13th, 6 p.m.

Her paternal grandmother was only known as a forgotten lady from Virginia who came to Arkansas to teach school; had a family; died at an early age then disappeared into genealogical listings in history books…until the letters. The author’s acquisition of fifteen letters while in college led her to a lifelong pursuit of the woman behind them, her life, her loves and her courageous battle to persevere in the face of all odds. The letters, sometimes humorous and clever, sometimes profound, allow us a glimpse into a forgotten world, a piece of history that through their very existence preserve a time past for future generations. The author, through “Finding Kate,” allows us to share her journey by way of personal letters, written to and from Catherine Lewis, as she traces her family lineage. The woman affectionately known as “Kate” is no longer a footnote in history, but an inspiration to all of us to search out our own “Kate.” In the process as the author quietly says, she “found” her grandmother.

Paul Yarbrough Discussing & Signing Mississippi Cotton (WiDo Publishing, $13.95) Saturday, December 17th, 6 p.m.

It is 1950. Young Jake Conner gets on a bus to visit his cousins in the Mississippi Delta. But when the body of an unknown man is found in the Mississippi River, Jake’s summer vacation gets a little more adventurous as he and his cousins snoop around in a mystery that is better left to the grown ups. Presented in partnership with The Cotton Museum at The Memphis Cotton Exchange

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