24 Aug

“African-American Athletes in Arkansas” Book Signing @ Fayetteville Barnes & Noble

This Saturday, from 1-3 p.m, I’ll do my first book signing in Fayetteville at the Barnes & Noble across from the Northwest Arkansas Mall.

I’m looking forward to meeting fellow authors,* seeing friends and talking about my book African-American Athletes in Arkansas: Muhammad Ali’s Tour, Black Razorbacks and Other Forgotten Stories. A large portion of the anthology involves Fayetteville history. Below’s an excerpted example:

thumbnail of Advance Copy July 17 35

thumbnail of Advance Copy July 17 36

Some of the  families involved in this story — as well as the one in the “Black Razorbacks of the 1930s” piece (illustration above) — are the same mentioned in this OnlyInArk.com feature I wrote on the history of the the African-American community in Fayetteville.

The book’s already gotten some good press, with mentions by the likes of sports columnist Wally Hall and Ozarks at Large host Kyle Kellams, but I feel like it’s time to get out and see folks in person. Make it out if you can!

* Here’s a list of the authors scheduled to be at the event as of July:

1.     Sara Daniell – A Life Unexpected, Anything Goes on a Friday Night, Under the Owl Tree (Teen Fiction, Romance, & Fantasy/Adventure)

2.     Evin Demirel – African-American Athletes in Arkansas: Muhammad Ali’s Tour, Black Razorbacks & Other Forgotten Stories (U.S./Regional History)

3.     Dawn Clower – Beach Chicken – (Juvenile Young Readers)

4.     Cecilia Wilson – It’s Just Me: My Real Life Test (Christian Inspiration)

5.     Marina Lostetter – Noumenon (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

6.     Jesse Irwin – Fourteen Little Red Huts and Other Plays (Theater Arts/Drama – translation)

7.     Tammie Williams – Random Thoughts From a Simple Believer: Walk with HIM!(Christian Inspiration)

8.     Marjorie Jackson – Devoted: A Girl’s 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God (Teen-Christian Inspiration)

9.     Shana Congrove – Unleased Chaos: A Novel of the Breedline Series with Sweet Chaos and Total Chaos (Sci-Fi/Fantasy – Trilogy)

10.            Ann Averitt and Paula Caten – Suzie Belle and the Dress Dilemma (Juvenile Picture Books)