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APPLAUSE!   MISSISSIPPI WRITING AT ITS BEST

2006

The Jackson/Hinds Library System and the Jackson Friends of the library announce the 2006 schedule for Applause!   Mississippi Writing at its Best.   This third season features another roster of talented writers with a "Mississippi Connection".

Applause! programs will take place each fourth Thursday of the month (January-October) at noon in the meeting room of the Eudora Welty Library.

Applause! offers the opportunity for Metro Jackson citizens to meet Mississippi's best writers. All of our presentations are made by writers who live or were born in Mississippi.   They share their varied experiences; anecdotes often full of wit and humor, often revealing, sad or touching.   They speak of their writing; why they write, how they write and we listen and learn and are always much richer for the experience.

 

APPLAUSE! 2006

January 26__________________________________JHLS's First Festival of Writers

Featuring : Sherry Pace, Bernice Rayford, J.Moffet Walker, Dot-t Dehmer, Jerusha Bosarge and Vida Gaynor

February 23____________________________________Elizabeth "Bebe' Wolfe

March 23______________________________________Beth Boswell Jacks

April 27_______________________________________Carolyn Haines

May 25________________________________________Jim Fraiser

June 22 ________________________________________ Dr. Darden North

July 27_________________________________________Carol Mead

August 24______________________________________J. C. Patterson

 

For more information, contact Ruth Davis at 601.968.5820

Special thanks to University Press of Mississippi and to Quail Ridge Press


Sherry Pace , an outdoor freelance photographer, is the author Victorian Houses of Mississippi .   Included in her book are pictures of houses from the MS Gulf Coast that are now gone or severely damaged by hurricane Katrina.  

Bernice Rayford's first book was published in 2005.   Two books are slated for publication in 2006:   Chill Bumps and Second Helpings of Collard Greens and Ham.

J. Moffet Walker is a native of Edwards, MS.   Mrs. Walker has written three books:   Church Folk, Muh and The Powerful Web of Kinfolk. She is now working on a poetry volume.

Dot-t Dehmer has written two books that she describes as "tiny books for tiny people".   Actually they are books for all people who have very big questions and seek understanding after losing someone they love.   Mrs. Dehmer will share The Best Part and The Worst Part.

Jerusha Bosarge is a freelance author/journalist whose latest book is a biography, Inventing Ott:   The Legacy of Arthur C. Guyton .   This book tells the story of how a young

Sherry Pace , an outdoor freelance photographer, is the author of Victorian Houses of Mississippi .   Included in her book are pictures of houses from the MS Gulf Coast that are now gone or severely damaged by hurricane Katrina.  

Bernice Rayford's first book was published in 2005.   Two books are slated for publication in 2006:   Chill Bumps and Second Helpings of Collard Greens and Ham.

J. Moffet Walker is a native of Edwards, MS.   Mrs. Walker has written three books:   Church Folk, Muh and The Powerful Web of Kinfolk. She is now working on a poetry volume.

Dot-t Dehmer has written two books that she describes as "tiny books for tiny people".   Actually they are books for all people who have very big questions and seek understanding after losing someone they love.   Mrs. Dehmer will share The Best Part and The Worst Part.

Jerusha Bosarge is a freelance author/journalist whose latest book is a biography, Inventing Ott:   The Legacy of Arthur C. Guyton .   This book tells the story of how a young boy grew up to become a talented author, scientist, medical doctor, soldier, inventor, survivor of polio and father of ten doctors.

Dr. Vida M. Gaynor is the author of 11:59:59 , a story of triumph and victory in the face of unbelievable challenges.   Dr. Gaynor has lived a remarkable life and this book is her memoir.   Born in New York, she moved to Mississippi in 2002.

February

  • Elizabeth Wolfe will speak, in February, about Mildred Nungester Wolfe, a retrospective of her mother's work edited by Ms. Wolfe.   Elizabeth Wolf has been a working illustrator for over twenty years, having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan School of Art.   Her clients have included the National Geographic Society, the Washington Post, Delta Airlines, McDonalds and Nickelodeon.   She has illustrated children's books for Random House, Simon and Schuster and Albert Whitman and Company.   She has an extensive body of work, primarily in oil pastels.

March

  • A resident of the Mississippi Delta, Beth Jacks is a graduate of Millsaps and the University of Mississippi.   Jacks writes poetry and short stories for children's magazines and literary journals.   A weekly personal essay columnist for several Southern newspapers, Jacks is a member of the MS Press Association and the LA Press Association.   She has published one book of creative nonfiction, Grits, Guts and Baseball:   The Stories of Coach Sank Powe and Snippets , a collection of 61 of her newspaper columns.

April

  • Carolyn Haines is a prolific writer who was born in Lucedale, Mississippi.   Carolyn now lives in Alabama, but continues to set stories in the Mississippi Delta which she first visited as a photojournalist.   Ms. Haines is the author of the fiction works :   Summer of Fear, Summer of the Redeemers, Touched, Them Bones, Buried Bones, Splintered Bones, Crossed Bones, Hollowed Bones and My Mother's Witness:   The Peggy Morgan Story.   A Kudzu Christmas and Judas Burning were published last fall.   Ms. Haines also writes romance novels under the pseudonym, Carolyn Burnes.

May

  • Jim Fraiser was born in New Orleans and grew up in Greenwood, Mississippi.   He is an attorney, a teacher, an actor and a best-selling author.   Mr. Fraiser writes both fiction and nonfiction. His first novel, Shadow Seed , was published in 1997.   Jim shared his plans for a new novel, Camille , when he spoke to the 2004 Applause! audience.   Jim will also discuss the effects of Katrina on the historic structures depicted in his books The French Quarter of New Orleans and The Majesty of Eastern Mississippi and the Coast.

June

  • Dr.   Darden Hays North s a native Jacksonian, who spent his formative years in the Mississippi Delta.   Today he practices Obstetrics and Gynecology in Jackson. When reading his biography, it becomes apparent instantly that though he is "a man of science", Darden North has always kept his hand in writing and editing.   In addition to practicing medicine, he has entered the realm of writing and publishing upon completing his first mystery thriller, House Call.   Dr. North is currently working on his second book.

July

  • Carol Mead, a freelance writer, is the author of Holy Ordinary:   Finding God in the Everyday , published in 2003.   Carol also serves as director of public information for Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning.   A native of Clinton, Illinois, Ms. Mead has lived in Mississippi since attending Mississippi University for Women.   Carol's spiritual writing has been published in The Upper Room and the Mississippi Episcopalian.   Carol is a golfer who plays as often as she can.

August

  • Writer, producer, interviewer and voice talent at WLBT-TV3, J. C. Patterson is a prince of a man and the author of two books, Big easy Dreamin, Vol. 1 (2001) and Mo' Dreamin, Vol. 2 (2003).   Following Hurricane Katrina, J. C. has written a Readers Theatre play, Voices in the Storm.   Mr. Patterson grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi and now resides in Madison.