2013 Bookstock Authors

 

Bookstock 2013 is coming to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Saturday, October 5! Don't miss it!Bookstock 2013 is coming to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) on Saturday, October 5. Library customers will have the chance to meet and greet more than 40 local authors with newly-published books on hand to sign and sell!

Who's coming to this year's Bookstock? Glad you asked!

Click on the links below to see each author's photograph and biography.

The Bookstock 2013 keynote speaker will be counterterrorism expert, former CIA and FBI agent, and author Philip Mudd. Hear him discuss his new book Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda, as Mudd offers his firsthand account of America's battle against terrorism. Click here for more information.

See you at Bookstock 2013!

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - An'Derecco to Baker

Author An'Derecco is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.An’Derecco is a former banker, educator, and an American novelist. He was born in Laurel, Mississippi in 1978 and was raised in Waynesboro, Mississippi. His father worked as a trucker and his mother as an educator. Encouraged by his family, young An’Derecco was an avid reader, especially influenced by the work of E. Lynn Harris.

In 1994, he became an ordained minister, and in 1997, he attended Jones County Junior College. In 2001, An’Derecco received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Alcorn State University and his M.Ed. in Special Education from University of West Alabama in 2013. While studying at ASU, An’Derecco wrote his first novel, but it wasn’t until 2011 that he decided to self-publish.

His work includes Undercover Lies and Torn.

In his spare time, An’Derecco said he likes to travel, read, listen to music, watch television and movies, socialize, and spend time with family. Currently, he resides in Jackson, Mississippi.

 

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Author Marilou Awiakta is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Marilou Awiakta is a poet, storyteller, and essayist. She grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Awiakta’s unique weaving of her Cherokee and Appalachian heritages has attracted national and international recognition, beginning in the early 1980s, when the U.S. Information Agency chose her first two books, Abiding Appalachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet (poetry) and Rising Fawn and the Fire Mystery (novella), for the global tour of its cultural centers.

Awiakta’s life and work are profiled in the Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States, which includes honors and awards such as “Distinguished Tennessee Writer” (1989).

Awiakta says: “The sustaining root of my life has been my husband Paul, our family and the Spirit that binds the universe as one.”

 

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Author Bianca Baker is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Bianca Baker is a top salesperson, singer, songwriter, motivator, and aspiring writer. She wrote her first children’s book at age ten.

Baker said she believes that life is a talent given to everyone.

Baker’s book, I’m Jussa Girl, is a humorously-satisfying self-help book. Meant to help women choose their friends wisely, this piece defines women’s characteristics in a distinct way!

Baker will attend Bookstock 2013 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Barnes to Beavers

Author Eric Barnes is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Eric Barnes is author of the novel Something Pretty, Something Beautiful, which writer Benjamin Whitmer called the “most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood” that he had ever read.

Barnes also wrote Shimmer, published in Unbridled Books, which reviewers compared to the work of Don Delillo, David Foster-Wallace, and William Gibson.

Barnes has published numerous short stories in Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and other publications.

He is publisher of The Daily News, The Memphis News, and The Nashville Ledger, local publications covering business and political news in Memphis and Nashville.

Barnes is also host of Behind the Headlines on local station WKNO.

 

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Author Joy Bateman is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Joy Bateman combined her love of art and passion for good food to create The Art of Dining cookbooks, each of which highlight the best recipes from some of the South’s leading restaurants and published on a palette of artistically designed pages.

Bateman is the senior account executive for Memphis Magazine, where she has spent 12 of her 29 years in media sales and has earned the reputation of an industry leader.

Family oriented, Bateman spends her free time helping her parents nurture their garden and enjoying her husband, Bill, her three children and her three grandchildren.

 

 

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Author Deborah Beavers is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Deborah Beavers was born Deborah Ann Rolfe in Memphis, Tennessee, where she and her siblings were raised by her maternal grandmother – a tremendous influence in her life.

Beavers is a registered nurse with 26 years of experience in healthcare and a Black Belt in Taekwondo. Through these roles, she has met a wide range of people of various ethnicities and socio-economic statuses.

Beavers is author of They Don’t Get It, a compellation of her thoughts based on personal experiences and people watching. She said her book is written to prompt readers to look inwardly and to determine whether they do or do not “get it”.

Beavers lives in Memphis with her husband of 24 years. She has three children and a several grandchildren. Of all the hats she wears, Beavers said the one she values most is “child of God”.

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Brown to Cantrell

Author Angela Brown is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Angela Brown is the owner of Cherry Wine Publisher and local salon, Eyecon Hair Solutions. She has recently published her third book, Loving the Foods I Used to Hate: Living a Diabetic Stress Free Life.

After losing sixty pounds of stress and weight, Brown was inspired to share her new lifestyle with others and later became known as the “Food Coach”. Brown said she loves to educate anyone who wants to become healthy inside and out!

Brown has cooked on WREG’s Live@9 morning show in Memphis and is currently teaching a cooking class at the Whole Foods Market. She said she enjoys watching people indulge and craves her own tasty foods. Brown said she also enjoys writing and is now ghost writing another book.

 

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Author Perry Burrows is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Perry Burrows is a retired language arts teacher from Jackson, Tennessee. He has had poetry and prose published as a teacher consultant of the National Writing Project.

Burrows’ nonfiction book Brothers: The Mario Reed Story is his first published biography. It follows the story of a tragic injury to a high school football star.

Currently, Burrows is working on a historical nonfiction novel based on the Tent City voters’ registration disgrace that occurred in the 1960s in Fayette and Haywood counties of West Tennessee.

He said his passion is capturing the faces of his subjects as expressions of the human experience, often wrinkled by social and political conditions.

 

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Author Julie Cantrell is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Julie Cantrell is a New York Times and USA Today’s bestselling author of Into the Free, which won a Christy Award for Best Debut Novel and Book of the Year 2013. She also authors When Mountains Move, a sequel to Into the Free about the sometimes complicated life of protagonist Millie in the spring of 1943.

Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship.

She and her family live in Mississippi, where they operate Valley House Farm.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Church Health Center to Dean

The Church Health Center of Memphis is coming to the Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.To really change your life for the better, connect with God, enjoy family and friends, exercise, and fix meals from The 40 Days to Better Living Cookbook! This brand-new resource from the Church Health Center in Memphis—the largest faith-based clinic of its kind—provides 200 delicious, healthful recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time.

Beautiful, full-color designs and illustrations make the cookbook a joy to use, and you’ll feel good that the meals you prepare are medically-appropriate dishes proven in the Church Health Center test kitchen.

With nutritional analyses, cost guides, and other bonuses—like mealtime blessings—The 40 Days to Better Living Cookbook belongs on every kitchen counter!

 

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Author Alexandra Clair is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Alexandra Clair was born in Boston, Massachusetts and currently resides in Oakland, Tennessee. Her Wood’s End series is influenced by her work in deliverance ministry and is a supernatural thriller of deliverance and destiny. The sequel to Wood’s End, The Year Between the Wood, will be published later in 2013.

Over the years, Clair has served at a large church, a homeless shelter, a counseling center, and for various ministries in Development and Operations. Today, she works with would-be writers as a ghost writer in the non-fiction category.

Clair was working on the sequel to Wood’s End, when she said she felt God leading her to write Discerning Spirits: Visionary Gifts in Practice, which was published May 2013. She also blogs at www.alexandraclair.com.

Clair is seeking investment for an independent Christian film based on her book, Wood’s End. Serious investors: Prospectus and Capital Investment Agreement available upon request. Preproduction trailer at: www.woodsendthemovie.com

 

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Author Susan Cushman is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Susan Cushman is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. Her efforts to embrace her cultural roots and to explore an unconventional spiritual path are reflected her essays, such as "MyPod," "Burying Saint Joseph," and "Super-Sized Enlightenment". All of these essays were published in Skirt! Magazine.

Cushman’s essay, "Watching," can be found in volume 1, number 2 of the St. Katherine Review. It chronicles her experiences while caring for her ailing father and later a dear friend who were on their deathbeds.

Cushman served as co-director of the 2013 Oxford Creative Nonfiction Conference, a panelist at the 2012 Southern Festival of Books (Nashville), director of the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop, co-director of the 2010 Oxford Creative Nonfiction Conference, and a panelist at the 2009 Southern Women Writers Conference (Berry College, Rome, Georgia).

Currently, she lives in Memphis, Tennessee, where she is working on a novel about a graffiti writer, a miraculous icon, a fourth century prostitute-turned saint, and an abstract expressionist artist. Her work "Cherry Bomb" made the Short List for the 2011 Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

At Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Cushman will promote her short story, "Chiaroscuro: Shimmer and Shadow," which was published in Circling Faith, a collection of essays by southern women.

Readers can contact Cushman online at www.susancushman.com.

 

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Author Calvin Dean is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Calvin Dean, award-winning writer, producer, director and editor, said he likes to stick his nose in the business of America’s Fortune 100 companies.

When he isn’t producing corporate presentations, Dean is churning out children’s books or supernatural, horror, mysteries and thrillers. He is author of The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff, the haunted tale about the mysterious death of a high school senior named Daniel Townsend.

Dean lives with his family in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee.

Visit him at CalvinDean.blogspot.com or on Twitter @jcalvindean.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Denney to Flowers

Author Pamela Denney is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Pamela Denney is a food editor for Memphis Magazine, where she reviews restaurants and writes the magazine’s food blog, Memphis Stew. She also authored the Food Lovers’ Guide to Memphis: The Best Restaurants, Markets, and Local Culinary Offerings.

A journalism professor at the University of Memphis, she has worked as a writer and editor for more than 25 years in Virginia, California, and Tennessee.

A longtime reluctant cook, Pam embraced her own kitchen after rediscovering farm fresh food and planting her own vegetable garden.

 

 

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Author Beverly Dunn is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Beverley Dunn was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended Raleigh Egypt High School for a year and then transferred to Overton High School, where she sang in the choir and played the piano.

Beverley married in Delaware, then returned to Memphis and enrolled in school. She earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Memphis, one with a focus in Spanish and a BBA with a focus in international business.

She is the author of Marriage Incarcerated, the story of an unhealthy marriage characterized by verbal abuse that eventually turns physical.

Beverley currently resides in Plymouth, Michigan, where she raises her two sons and travels back to Memphis whenever she gets a chance!

 

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Author Rhonda R.E. is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Rhonda R.E. was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, where she currently works as a treatment coordinator at a pediatric dental office. Loving and caring for children is a part of her daily life.

An avid reader and product of a city rich with history, Rhonda R.E. said she decided to introduce these historical places in her books. Her stories are fun and informative for all ages.

Rhonda said her goal is for all readers to discover something in each story that inspires them to seek more information. Her book will spark an interest in history for young readers.

Rhonda will promote her recently-published book, The Neighborhood Kids: Going to Graceland, at Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. It is the tale of six children who cure their boredom with a scavenger hunt that lands them at world-renowned Graceland, the historic home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Rhonda invites all Library customers to join the neighborhood kids as they discover their hometown’s colorful past.  

 

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Author Marie Flowers is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Marie Flowers grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi and now lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her family. She is a retired nurse from The University of Tennessee Family Practice Residency Program.

Once a victim of domestic abuse and depression, Flowers is now an advocate for victorious living. Her book All About Me details her struggles through family issues, the death of her child, and abuse.

Determined to overcome her hardships, Flowers said she credits her faith in God and belief in herself for deliverance. She said her purpose for this telling biography is to help others who may find themselves experiencing similar abuse.

All About Me is Flowers’ first book. She is currently working on her second book.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Hasan-Kerr to Holladay

Author Josephine Hasan-Kerr is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Josephine Hasan-Kerr is an evangelist, missionary, and pastor’s wife, who said she lives by these impacting words, “It’s not about what you’ve been through; it’s not about what you’re going through; it’s about where you’re headed.”

Inspired by the Holy Ghost, she authored the book, 6 Steps to Forgiveness, an inspirational guide to learning how to forgive when faced with difficult situations. Freed from various forms of abuse, Hasan-Kerr describes herself as “sold-out” for Jesus Christ, and now she ministers globally.

Raised in southern California, Hasan-Kerr currently resides in Bartlett, Tennessee with her husband and pastor Carey L. Kerr.

 

 

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Author Cary Holladay is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Cary Holladay is the author of seven volumes of fiction: The Deer in the Mirror; Horse People: Stories; A Fight in the Doctor’s Office (Miami UP 2008); The Quick-Change Artist: Stories (Swallow Press / Ohio UP 2006); Mercury (Shaye Areheart Books / Crown 2002); The Palace of Wasted Footsteps (U Missouri Press 1998); and The People Down South (U of Illinois Press 1989).

Holladay’s work has appeared numerous times in New Stories From the South: The Year’s Best. Her awards include an O. Henry Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

A Virginia native, Holladay teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis, where she is director of the River City Writers Series and a First Tennessee Professor.

She will attend Bookstock 2013 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Saturday, October 5 to promote her book The Deer in the Mirror.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Holliday to Johnson

Author Andrea Holliday is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Andrea Holliday is an author and woman truly pursuing the heart of God. A highly-respected speaker and trainer, Holliday serves as senior pastor of New Generation Church of Memphis under Michael Nichols. She said she strives to present Biblical teaching in a dynamic and simplistic way that motivates new converts and devout believers to live holy lives.

Holliday also serves as a volunteer for Dress for Success Memphis and the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. She is a member of Project Single Moms and a mentor for Brown Girl Dreams. She said her ministry is particular geared toward women who are broken in spirit.

As a result of her mission in ministry, Holliday authored The 3D Victory: Defining Destiny After Divorce, which offers insight on how to rebuild one’s life after a divorce. She said the book creatively shows readers how to embrace life and the newness of being happily single.

 

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uthor Mark James is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Mark James moved to the Greater Memphis area as a small child in the early 1970s. As a young man fully-immersed in the local culture, he said he was soon drawn to the carnival atmosphere of Memphis wrestling and followed it passionately for decades.

With its decline in the past two decades, James said he believed there was a need to document the highlights of Memphis wrestling to ensure it was not forgotten. Acknowledging Memphis as one of the most successful and popular wrestling sites in the country, James pledged himself to recording the rich history that is Memphis wrestling, as well as leading names like Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett.

The result was Rags, Paper, and Pins, a book about the history of merchandising in Memphis wrestling from the 1950s through the 1980s. This piece was a collaborative effort of James and Jim Cornette. In addition to the book, James also formed the website www.memphiswrestlinghistory.com, which he said helps to document and secure the legacies of Memphis wrestling.

 

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Author Reginald Jenkins is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Reginald Jenkins has been involved in the music industry for most of his life. At an early age, he was taken by the music scene when a fatal airplane crash claimed the lives of the R&B great and pop singer Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays. With this tragedy as a backdrop and music on the forefront of his mind, Jenkins became president and CEO of a new record label.

He graduated from Lemoyne-Owen College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. The college, which was one block away from the historical Stax Record’s Studios, fed his music dreams.

After Jenkins graduated, he joined forces with one of the most prolific writers of the soul music era, Homer Banks, and his talented writing and producing partner Chuck Brooks. The record label that the trio started managed to debut more than a dozen singles and albums on Billboard Magazine’s International R&B and Pop Music Charts. Among other accolades, Jenkins’ record label won the Soul Train Music Award.

Jenkins is author of the book, An Excursion in Soul: Soul Music of the Eighties – The End of an Era. In this narrative, he gives a candid account of what happened in the music business in the 1980s around the world.

 

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Author Lakisha Johnson is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Lakisha Johnson wears many hats. She is a wife, mother of two, daughter of one strong woman, granddaughter of another strong woman, sister to six, cousin, niece, aunt and friend. She is also a 1995 graduate of Northside High School and a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Hollywood, Mississippi. She is a college graduate and writer of a daily devotional blog.

Johnson is the author of A Secret Worth Keeping, the story of a Shelby and her friends, all wives and mothers who love their families but lead secret lives that often land them in the arms of other men.

Johnson will promote her book, A Secret Work Keeping, on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library for Bookstock 2013.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Jones to Lamparter-Mabry

Author Reginald "Reggie" Jones is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Reginald "Reggie" Jones is a former professional football player in the National Football League. He played for the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns. He is an author and national motivational speaker. Jones has been offering keynote and team-building presentations for more than 12 years. His presentations are known to articulate his optimistic belief that the glass is always half full.

Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Memphis. He also coaches organizations and individuals to help them achieve their total potential by presenting practical and achievable solutions. He played as a starter in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints as a defensive cornerback.

Jones is author of the book Stilettos on Gridiron, a self-help book designed to help women who would like to understand American football or understand the game better. He will promote his book at Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

 

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Author Dee Julian is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Dee Julian writes sweet historical romance and is currently working on her third novel, Beyond the Shadow of Canderlay Manor. This novel, which ties to her previous two novels, will be available in late October 2013.

Julian lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, two children, and several quirky dogs. She said this suits her just fine because she’s a bit "quirky" herself.

A typical Virgo, Julian and her husband enjoy summer weekends, cruising the Tennessee River on their deck boat.

Her favorite quote is “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."

Julian will attend Bookstock 2013 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to promote her book Promise Me, the story of a woman who makes a difficult promise to her dying fiancé and the aftermath that comes with trying to honor it.

 

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Author Toni Lamparter-Mabry is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Toni Lamparter-Mabry has written more than a dozen articles that have appeared in inspirational magazines, newspapers, and online publications.

She studied English and journalism at Union University, where she received the Helen Blythe Creative Writing Award. She also earned a degree in elementary education from Crichton College and presently works for the Shelby County Unified School System.

Lamparter-Mabry will attend Bookstock 2013 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to promote her book A New Season: Friends of Scrapbook, Etc – Book One. It is the story of protagonist Wendy whose life is an uphill climb that’s suddenly interrupted by a mysterious motorcycle cop named Jerrod Hill. This book is the first of three novels in the Friends of Scrapbook, Etc. series.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Lee to Liu

Author Ashton Lee is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Ashton Lee was born in historic Natchez, Mississippi, into a large, extended Southern family which gave him much fodder for his fiction later in life. His father, who wrote under the pen name of R. Keene Lee after World War II, was an editor and writer in New York of what is now called Pulp Fiction.

As a result, Lee inherited a love of reading and writing early in life and did all the things aspiring authors are supposed to do, including majoring in English as he attended Sewanee: The University of the South. While there, he studied creative writing under Andrew Lytle, then editor of the Sewanee Review and a member of the Southern Agrarians in the 1920s.

Lee lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where he said he enjoys the amenities of a university town that many writers have called home. He will attend Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to promote his book The Cherry Cola Book Club, the story of an upbeat librarian who has been given an ultimatum to increase the library’s circulation or risk seeing its doors close.

Readers can like Ashton Lee at facebook.com/ashtonlee.net.

 

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Author Richard Lester is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Richard Lester is an American filmmaker and writer of scripts, short stories, and one novel. He has worked on several plays and directed an independent film. He also runs a film review blog entitled A Reel Indication.

Lester calls his writing gritty and satirical, focusing on outlandish characters and the wild situations they embed themselves in.

Heavily influenced by films, namely exploitation movies of the 1970s and noir titles of the 1930s and 1940s, Lester is the author of The Check Out, the story of failing grocery store manager Larry Prescott who inadvertently starts a massacre when he decides to have an extramarital affair.

Lester’s literary influences include Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Moore, and Donald Ray Pollock. His other interests include history, science, and education.

 

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Author Yi (Yee) Liu is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Yi (Yee) Liu, writing under her pen name Yu Chen Gong Wu (meaning Dancing with Dust), started her creative writing career in 2011. She has published two books, Entangled Love (Book One) and Dancing Dust: An Album of 100 Poems. Both books are written in Chinese.

In addition to being an author, Liu is the founder of The NBM Associates, a Memphis-based market research and planning firm. She is an affiliate broker with First National Realty.

Liu is married to Dr. Jianguo (Jay) Yuan. They have four children — Nancy, Brandy, Molly and Samuel. They live in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Renford to Sawyer&Hooker

Author Renford is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.James Renford Powell is author of the Renford Books, 13 of which are in print. He is the founder of the Institute of Applied Metaphysics, Director of IAMPress, creator of Lightways, (E-Zine) and Director of the RBR Network (radio by Renford at www.blogtalkradio.com/renford), which includes 10 shows. He also hosts the "Laws of Material Wealth Personal Development Program," "Core Concepts" on the Renford Broadcast Network, and the "Book Man Show" that airs weekly on the Comcast Cable Network.

Renford has syndicated articles available for readers to enjoy at EzineArticles.com, Selfgrowth.com, ArticleCity.com and the Nashville Examiner. He also authored The Father Confusors, a printed comparison of events depicted in the Vedas, the Dhampravada, the Tao Teh Ching and the Holy Bible.

Visit www.IAM-COR.org or google James Renford Powell for more information.

 

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Author Myrtle Russell is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Myrtle Russell has worked in the health industry for 30 years in a variety of roles, ranging from nurse, educator, and public health administrator to life coach and writer. She currently serves as interim director for West Tennessee Area Health Education Center, Incorporated, and health editor for the West Tennessee Examiner.

Russell said she spends the remainder of her time writing and coaching. She co-authored Small Change: A 28-day Guide to Eating, Thinking, and Feeling Healthier. Russell just released her second book, Free Your Mind and the Best Will Follow, a guide to help readers from all walks of life to overcome obstacles and start living their dreams. Russell will promote her second book at Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

 

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Authors Darlene Hooker Sawyer and Dr. Jane Hooker are coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Darlene Hooker Sawyer is a lifelong resident of Cordova, Tennessee. She is a descendant of the Hooker family from Virginia, which settled in the area in 1836.

Sawyer attended the Cordova School that now houses the Cordova Museum, of which she is the curator and executive director.

In tandem with her relative Dr. Jane Hooker, the two authored Images of America: Cordova, a printed chronicle of historical pioneers and events that helped to shape Cordova.

Dr. Jane Howles Hooker is an associate professor emeritus at the University of Memphis, where she served 40 years in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

Her English-American heritage and her marriage into the Hooker family sparked her interest in the history and genealogy of the area. Together with Darlene Hooker Sawyer, she wrote Images of America: Cordova, a printed chronicle of historical pioneers and events that helped to shape Cordova.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Moore to Phillips

Author Daniel Moore is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Daniel Moore has a heart that is tender toward God and a passion for people. He acknowledges the love of God and teaches to make the Gospel plain. Moore’s passionate and practical speaking has resonated within the Church and community.

Moore has also served in a variety of roles including pastor, police officer, administrator, speaker, and author. He pinned Fear Not, an inspirational and heartfelt handbook on how readers can reclaim what fear has taken from them.

Moore and his wife, Donette, relocated to Memphis, Tennessee and founded Overflow Life Memphis, a non-profit organization meant to help build confidence and overflowing hope within the people of Memphis. The mission is to establish Overflow Life Centers throughout the city where anyone can come for encouragement, education, and empowerment.

He has earned degrees in Business Administration and a seminary Master’s degree. Moore is married with two sons, Samuel and Luke.

Visit him online at www.fearnot.ws and connect with Moore on Twitter @jdanielmoore.

 

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Author Adriane O'Neal is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Adriane O’Neal is 51 years old and is married to Attorney Darrell J. O’Neal of Memphis, Tennessee. They have two children, Misty and Darius.

She graduated from Melrose High School, class of 1980, and then spent seven years in the Navy. Later in 1994, she graduated from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public School Music K-12. O’Neal also earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2009.

Using her own personal experiences, O’Neal wrote Prayer, Praise, and Worship, an encouraging piece that inspires readers to have a personal relationship with God through prayer, praise, and worship.

O’Neal taught in the Memphis City Schools for eight years. She currently works for her husband as office manager.

 

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Author Bianca Phillips is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Bianca Phillips is the author of Cookin’ Crunk: Eatin’ Vegan in the Dirty South. She blogs daily on Vegan Crunk about vegan meals she’s eating at her Memphis home, as well as vegan options at local restaurants, vegan products, and cookbook reviews.

Phillips is associate editor at the Memphis Flyer, where she reports on LGBT news, crime, environmental issues, and city government.

She lives in Midtown with her dog Paul, a lab-mutt mix, a rescued pit bull, and six cats.

Phillips will promote her book at Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

 

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Author Gigi Phillips is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Gigi Phillips is the creator and publisher of books highlighting places and people from the most beautiful states in the country. From her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Phillips started her company in 2004 doing what she loves – producing beautiful books about the personalities, businesses and organizations that hail from the states we call home.

Phillips has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, publishing and advertising. Along with a talented team of award-winning photographers, writers and designers, Gigi Phillips and the Image Publishing team combine great photography with excellent editorial, providing insight into the rich history that makes every state and organization unique.

Phillips will promote her book Tennessee: My Homeland at Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue).

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Scott to Shukriyyah

Author Sherri Scott is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Sherri Scott is a native Memphian, a writer, mother, student, and motivational speaker.

Her debut novella, Never Cast Your Pearls, was released in May 2013 and is a faith-based novel for teens. It combines two of Scott’s great passions, romance and encouraging youths to make positive life choices. The storyline follows seventeen-year-old Taylor Monroe, who took a vow of celibacy that will be seriously tested when she meets Jared Pinkston, the local “it” guy.

Scott will promote Never Cast Your Pearls at Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

To learn more about Scott, her work, and community initiatives, visit her website at www.sherriscottauthor.com.

 

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Author Robert Shepherd, Jr. is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Robert Shepherd, Jr. is an author, poet, and Gospel evangelist. He was born in Arkansas but has been a resident of Memphis, Tennessee since 1988. Shepherd is a man with many talents and skills who worked as an appliance technician, repairing washing machines, dryers, stoves, and other home appliances for many years.

Shepherd said reading and writing have been his passions since childhood. While in high school, he wrote numerous short stories and songs. After becoming an adult, Shepherd said he was inspired by God to write his personal testimony, The Power of Grace, a book detailing his journey through drug addiction, his recovery, and deliverance through God’s help.

Since then, Shepherd said God has given him the insight to write other books such as By My Spirit, The Pursuit of Holiness, The Power of Love, Exposing the Devil and others. At Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Shepherd will promote his book Exposing the Devil.

Shepherd also helps other writers to self-publish their literary work through his publishing company called “In Tune with His Spirit.”

 

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Author Shukriyyah is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Shukriyyah, a food enthusiast, comes from a long line of cooks and people who enjoyed preparing delicious meals. Her great grandmother owned and operated a sundry in Little Rock, Arkansas. Shukriyyah’s other grandmother was also well known for her signature fried chicken, and her father earned the “Best Cook Award” in the Armed Forces. Lastly, Shukriyyah’s mother started cooking in the South for Europeans and was soon promoted to head cook in one of the major lunch diners, a big deal in those days.

Shukriyyah said these influences inspired her to get into the kitchen, where she decided to add healthy and nutritional ingredients to tasteful meals she compiled into her cookbook Southern Soulful Veggie Recipes.

Shukriyyah will promote her cookbook at Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Sprinkle, Armstrong to Thompson

Author Deborah Sprinkle and her co-author Kendra Armstrong are coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Deborah Sprinkle is originally from St. Louis. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She worked as a research chemist for many years at St. Louis University Medical School and Washington University Medical School. In various partnerships, Sprinkle wrote professional articles arising from her work with those institutions.

Sprinkle and her family eventually moved to Memphis, where she completed her teaching certification. She taught chemistry for several years and served as head of the science department at a private Catholic girls’ school in Memphis. Since then, Sprinkle has written study questions for five books, relating authors’ words to Biblical truths. These works have been used for women’s Bible study.

Sprinkle also co-authored Common Sense and an Uncommon God: A Patriotic Devotional. This “patriotic” book inspires readers using quotes from each U.S. president to highlight God’s unmistakable and powerful role in America. Sprinkle and her co-author Kendra Armstrong said this devotional also helps readers to get plugged into the “only source of power guaranteed in a chaotic world.”

 

Author Kendra Armstrong and her co-author Deborah Sprinkle are coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Kendra Armstrong is an attorney, writer, speaker, and patriotic American. She has a passion for seeking and teaching the godly perspective on political and social issues to help change the world for Christ.

Born in Denver, Colorado, Armstrong was raised and educated in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College, her Master of Science degree from the University of Memphis, and her Juris Doctor from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

Armstrong is also a member of Hope Presbyterian Church, where she has served as a deaconess, Sunday school teacher, and member of the Women’s Ministry Writing and Speaking Team.

In addition, Armstrong co-authored Common Sense and an Uncommon God: A Patriotic Devotional. This “patriotic” book inspires readers using quotes from each U.S. president to highlight God’s unmistakable and powerful role in America. Armstrong and her co-author Deborah Sprinkle said this devotional also helps readers to get plugged into the “only source of power guaranteed in a chaotic world.”

 

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Author Heather DeBerry Stephens is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Heather DeBerry Stephens is a wife, mother, author, and administrator. She has been married to Dale L. Stephens for 13 years, and they have two sons and two daughters, ages 12, 10, 7, and two.

A native of Jackson, Tennessee, Stephens is a 1991 graduate of Jackson Central Merry High School and a 1995 graduate of Lane College. Currently, she is a full-time administrator at Abundant Life Fellowship Church, under the auspices of Pastor James E. Henderson.

After being displaced from her birth mother, Stephens developed a passion for helping mothers to grow by self-examination and commitment to godly values in raising their children.

Stephens said she desires to stark a positive, “self-help” movement for mothers of all walks of life, through the message of her book, “Mama Didn’t Half-step”. As the pages turn, Stephens explains how refraining from simple shortcomings can help mothers to restore their families. Her witty catch phrase, “Just don’t half-step” is a message that Stephens said she hopes will penetrate in the hearts and minds of mothers all over the world. She will promote her book at Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

 

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Author Michael Thompson is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.Michael Thompson is the author of four novels. Prior to launching his writing career, Thompson was a successful advertising agency owner and creative director whose Memphis firm won numerous national and international creative awards.

More recently, his love for the written word resulted in The Parchman Preacher, a Christian suspense novel that was released in mid-July by Balboa Press. It is available at ParchmanPreacher.com, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Thompson also pinned two volumes of DAVID: The Illustrated Novel. The first volume won second place for Best Graphic Novel, an Independent Publishers’ award, and the second volume won Best Graphic Novel and Best Interior Design from The International Book Awards. Thompson also wrote a third novel called JALA, a sci-fi thriller about a future without clean water.

 He will promote his most recent book, The Parchman Preacher, at Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

 

 

Bookstock 2013 Authors - Williams

Author David Wesley Williams is coming to Central Library on Saturday, October 5 for Bookstock 2013.David Wesley Williams is author of the novel Long Gone Daddies, which was published by John F. Blair in March 2013. It is the story of three generations of guitar players, who live in and around Memphis.

Readers can find more of Williams’ work in Harper Perennial's Fifty-Two Stories, The Pinch Literary Journal, The Common, and Night Train.

Williams said he enjoys blogging about music and writing at The Soundcheck and the Fury.

His favorite blues singer is Charley Patton.

Williams is a sports editor at The Commercial Appeal.

He will promote his book, Long Gone Daddies, at Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.