ATLANTA – Twenty-four national and regional authors, including the popular host of CNN Headline News' legal analysis program, Nancy Grace, will be featured at the 16th annual Mercer University Press Authors Luncheon. Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel at the Cobb Galleria, the event begins at with a reception and book signing, followed by lunch and speakers at
Richard (Doc) and Helen Schneider of Atlanta are co-chairs of the host committee. 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.
Six of the authors will speak at the luncheon: Nancy Grace, author of Objection! How High-Priced Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System; James Rollins, author of Map of Bones, the tale of ex-Special Forces soldiers searching for bones of the biblical Magi stolen from a German cathedral; William R. Scaife and William H. Bragg, co-authors of Joe Brown's Pets: The Georgia Militia, 1982-1865, a definitive history of the Georgia Militia during the Civil War; Steven Watts, author of The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century, an insightful biography on one of the nation's industrial pioneers; and Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Hero Mama, a memoir of what happened to her family in the aftermath of her father's death in Vietnam.
Other authors signing books at the event include:
- Eugene S. Asher, Legends: Georgians Who Lived Impossible Dreams;
- Jackie K. Cooper, Halfway Home;
- Carmen Agra Deedy, The Yellow Star;
- R. Kirby Godsey, The Courage Factor;
- Frank Turner Hollon, The Point of Fracture;
- Joshilyn Jackson, Gods in Alabama;
- N. Brent Kennedy and Robyn Vaughan Kennedy, The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People;
- Karen Moderow, Back Roads Home;
- Scott Peacock, The Gift of Southern Cooking;
- Steve Penley, Penley 2nd Edition;
- William Rawlings, The Tate Revenge;
- Tina Michelle Samuels, A Georgia Native Plant Guide;
- Walter B. Shurden, Not an Easy Journey;
- John H. Stone, Music from Apartment 8;
- Diane Thomas, The Year the Music Changed;
- Jaclyn Weldon White, Bestest: The Biography of Peyton Anderson, Jr.;
- Philip Lee Williams, A Distant Flame.
A member of the prestigious Association of American University Presses, Mercer University Press (MUP) has released more than 1,100 titles during its 26 years of operation. Books published by the Press are generally in the areas of Southern history and culture, philosophy and religion.