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Holiday book signing by ASU authors
takes place Dec. 3
November 19, 2010
A number of ASU faculty members will sign copies of their
recently-published books on Friday, Dec. 3, from 12 noon-2 p.m. at the 3rd
floor exhibit space in the Dean B. Ellis Library, 322 University Loop
West Circle, Jonesboro. Books will be available for purchase and will
be personally inscribed by the authors for a unique holiday gift. The
event is free and open to the public.
The authors who will be signing their books are Dr. Gregory Hansen (“A
Florida Fiddler”); Dr. Nancy Hendricks (“Dear Mrs. Caraway, Dear Mr.
Kays”); Dr. Natalie Johnson-Leslie and Steve Leslie (“The ABCs of
Surviving School Violence”); and Drs. Clyde Milner and Carol O'Connor
(“As Big as the West”).
The Life and Times of Richard Seaman” by Dr. Gregory Hansen, associate
professor of English and folklore, is according to one reviewer, "more
than a biography of a traditional fiddle player. It is a chronicle of
the collaboration between a fieldworker and his subject, an exploration
of the evolution of a tradition … and a study of the American tall tale
in its Southern incarnation." Hansen has been
a noted presenter on the subject at conferences world-wide including the
International Country Music Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, as well
as the North Atlantic Fiddle Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Mrs. Caraway, Dear Mr. Kays” by Dr. Nancy
Hendricks was published last month to coincide with the presentation of
the play of the same name at the ASU Centennial Celebration Finale.
Hendricks is director of alumni communications and formerly taught
English at the university. The book contains the full text of
correspondence between A-State President V. C. Kays and U. S. Sen.
Hattie Caraway as found in the Kays Archives, which Hendricks utilized
in writing the play. It also includes a reassessment of the woman called
'Silent Hattie,' previously-unseen photos from the Caraway family album,
and a rare interview with Caraway's granddaughter, her last living
direct descendant, who shares memories of the first woman elected to the
Dr. Natalie A. Johnson-Leslie
is an assistant professor of teacher
education at ASU, where her husband H. Steve Leslie is an adjunct
instructor in communication studies and an academic technology
specialist. Together, they have written “The ABC’s of Surviving
School Violence,” giving children a course of action for every letter of
the alphabet in case of school violence. Dr. Johnson-Leslie and Mr.
Leslie state, “School violence over the last decade needs attention in
order to prevent more harm to the nation’s children.” The Leslies hope
to educate, inform, and instill practical principles and strategies that
may save lives. Parents and teachers can use the book to emphasize
survival tips to overcome violent acts.
For Drs. Clyde Milner and Carol O'Connor, writing “As Big As
West: The Pioneer Life of Granville Stuart” was an
adventure for more than a decade. Their book, described by Oxford
University Press as "a fast-paced narrative biography of one of the
Frontier West's most complex figures," is the story of Stuart, whose
life mirrored the saga of the Old West. Milner is director of ASU's
Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program, and O'Connor is interim dean of the
College of Humanities and Social Sciences. With rich detail and
narrative flair, they illuminate the fascinating, complex life of the
archetypal frontiersman who lived a life as big as the West. The book
has garnered praise including a starred review in Publishers Weekly,
the leading magazine of book publishing.
For more information on the holiday book signing, contact librarian
April Sheppard (email@example.com)
at (870) 972-3077.
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