J.D.R. Hawkins

One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

Senatobia … So Nice!

Last Tuesday, I had the honor of being invited to speak at the Senatobia Public Library in Senatobia, Mississippi for their monthly “Lunch with Books” series. At once, I was overcome with the beautiful small town. I had never ventured over to Senatobia before (it is about 25 minutes from where I live), but now I’m glad I did.

Once I arrived, I was greeted like an old friend, and whisked into the meeting room, where a group of ladies had already congregated. While their social club, which has been getting together for over ten years, enjoyed their lunch and conversation, I set up a book table and spoke with Rosa, the woman in charge. She gave me a stellar introduction, and I delved into my topic, discussing my new Civil War novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie. The thing I really love about talking to Southerners is that they are still very adamant about their love of the Confederacy and their loathing of Yankees! Rightfully so, after hearing some of their horror stories, and they all have such wonderful stories to tell about their ancestors.

Although they insisted that I tell them where I was from, they came to the conclusion that I was a Christened southerner, which made my day. Thank you so much, ladies, for your hospitality and spirit. Book signings like this make it all worthwhile!

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