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.



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, which he said helps to document and secure the legacies of Memphis wrestling.



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.



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.