– Thirteen national and regional authors, including best selling writers Carol Higgins Clark and James Grippando, will be featured at the 13th annual Mercer University Authors Luncheon. Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, at The Swissotel in Buckhead, the event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a reception and book signing, followed by lunch and speakers at noon.
The luncheon benefits Mercer University Press. Bob and Ruth West Wells of Atlanta are co-chairs of the host committee. Mercer alumnus, King & Spalding attorney and author Robert L. Steed will serve as master of ceremonies. Ticket prices are $125 per person, and tables of 10 are available for $1,250. For tickets and information, call Terri Massey at (678) 547-6400, (800) 837-2911 or (478) 301-2943.
Five of the authors will speak at the luncheon: Higgins Clark, author of Jinxed, which tells how sleuth Regan Reilly takes on the case of the missing wedding guest; Grippando, author of Beyond Suspicion, the tale of how Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck is set up for the murder of his ex-girlfriend; Jeanne Braselton, author of A False Sense of Well Being, a darkly comic novel of a woman at the crossroads in her life; Arnold M. Ludwig, author of King of the Mountain: The Nature of Political Leadership, an insightful study of why people want to rule; and Frank T. Hollon, author of The God File, the story of a man wrongfully imprisoned for murder, who searches for evidence of God.
Other authors signing books at the event include Ann Uhry Abrams, author of Explosion at Orly: The True Account of the Disaster That Transformed Atlanta, Judy Allison and Amelia James, authors of Celebrate Highlands; R. Alan Culpepper, author of Eternity as a Sunrise: The Life of Hugo Culpepper; Milton M. Ferrell Jr., author of Wealthy and Wise: Secrets About Money; Tammy H. Galloway, author of The Inman Family; William C. Harris Jr., author of No Enemy But Time; Kathryn W. Kemp, author of God's Capitalist: Asa Candler of Coca-Cola, and Jaclyn W. White, author of A Special Gift: The Legacy of Emily Fisher Crum and Remer Hamilton Crum.
Mercer University Press has released more than 800 titles during its 23 years of operation. Books published by the Press are generally in the areas of Southern history and culture, philosophy and religion. A member of the prestigious Association of American University Presses, Mercer is the only Baptist-related institution with an active ongoing publishing program.
Founded in 1833, Mercer is a 7,300-student, comprehensive, Baptist-affiliated university, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through the College of Liberal Arts, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, the Tift College of Education, the School of Engineering, the Walter F. George School of Law, the School of Medicine, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the Southern School of Pharmacy and the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology.
Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta and at four extended education centers located in Douglas County, Covington, Griffin and Eastman. The University also operates the Mercer Engineering Research Center in Warner Robins and the Mercer University Press in Macon. For the past 13 years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Mercer among the leading universities in the South.