Events In September

Velma Wilson
Discussing & Signing
What’s in the Water
(Self, $19.99)

What’s in the Water

(Self, $19.99)

Saturday, September 8th, 1 p.m.

Author and veteran sociologist Velma Benson-Wilson pays tribute to her mother,  Fannie Bradley, in her new book, What’s in the Water? . Fannie Bradley had seventeen living children, all single births. Most of the children were born during the tumultuous times of  the 1950s and 60s in rural Mississippi. How she balanced their spiritual, educational,  and financial upbringing  in order to insure they all became productive members of society is the topic of this heartwarming book. Fannie’s legacy of love and parental principles offer lessons for all of us.

Starner Jones

Discussing & Signing

Purple Church

(Texas Review Press $22.95)

 Tuesday, September 11th, 6 p.m.


In his debut novel, Memphis ER doctor, Starner Jones’ Purple Church tells the story of Brother Jimmy Russell, a vulnerable and lonely Baptist minister who has everything going for him until his life falls apart when leukemia claims the life of his devoted bride. Brother Jimmy is then tempted by the young and beautiful Ashley White. Ashley’s tragic past leaves her empty and starved for attention, a perfect combination that leads her to a stage in a popular Memphis strip club. The tale is one of redemption and spiritual consequence for both the handsome preacher and the lovely coed, whose salvation is Brother Jimmy’s only reason for living.

J. D. R. Hawkins
Discussing & Signing
A Beautiful Glittering Lie
(Self, $24.95)

Thursday, September 13th, 6 p.m.

In the spring of 1861, a country once united is fractured by war. In northern Alabama, a farmer and father of three decides to enlist. For Hiram Summers, it is the end of everything he has ever known. After Hiram travels to Virginia with the Fourth Alabama Infantry Regiment, he is quickly thrust into combat. His son, David, who must stay behind, searches for adventure at home by traipsing to Huntsville with his best friend, Jake Kimball, to scrutinize invading Yankees. As Hiram and his son discover the true meaning of war, they soon realize that their choices have torn their family apart. In this historical tale, the naiveté of a young country is tested, a father sacrifices everything to defend his home, and a young man longs for adventure-regardless of the perilous cost.

Blake Fontenay
Discussing & Signing
The Politics of Barbecue
(Blair Publishing $24.95)

Tuesday, September 18th, 6 p.m.

Barbecue and politics have one thing in common: both can be messy. And nowhere is barbecue more famous or politics more strange than in Memphis. Pete Pigg is the owner of a popular Beale Street restaurant, the Pigg Pen. Thanks to a quirk in the city’s election laws, Pigg gets himself elected mayor. But Mayor Pigg is no rube. He’s now firmly in control of city hall and up to something sleazy. When he announces plans to build the World Barbecue Hall of Fame in Memphis, it sounds good, but something unsavory lies just below the surface. It’s up to an unlikely crew consisting of a cynical public relations man, a famous actress who’s smarter than the roles she plays, a feisty female lawyer, an Elvis “tribute artist,” and a crossbow-toting hermit to expose the truth.

Myra McEntire
Discussing & Signing
(Egmont USA, $17.99)

Thursday, September 20th, 6 p.m.

Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples–cracks in time. Before Kaleb can find out why, Jonathan Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, reappears. When vital research about the time gene is stolen, Kaleb must join Emerson and the Hourglass team to find the criminal, who could be anywhere in time. In the wake of Landers’s return, the Hourglass organization is offered an ultimatum by a mysterious man. Either they find Landers and the research he has stolen on people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered–with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.

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