Mercer University Press Holds 18th Annual Authors Luncheon Featuring Mercerians Steve Berry and Ferrol Sams

Just in time for holiday shopping, the Mercer University Press will hold its 18th annual Authors Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 1. Fourteen national and regional authors, including best-selling and award-winning Southern writers Terry Kay, Hank Klibanoff, Steve Berry, Law ’80, and Ferrol Sams, CLA ’42, will be featured. Held at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel, the event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a reception and book signing, followed by lunch and speakers at noon.

A special tribute will be given to the legacy of the late Tom Watson Brown, prominent Atlanta attorney, philanthropist and Civil War historian and scholar, who served 28 years as chairman of the Mercer University Press Board of Directors. He was also a Life Trustee of Mercer University.

The luncheon benefits Mercer University Press, which has published more than 1,200 titles over the past 28 years. King & Spalding attorney Richard A. “Doc” Schneider, Law ’81, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Jimmy, CAS ’77, and Annie Faye Gardner of Alpharetta are co-chairs of the host committee. Tickets for faculty, staff and students are $75 per person. Other tickets are $125 per person. For those attending from the Macon area, complimentary bus service to and from Atlanta will be available. For tickets and information, contact Sharon Lim Harle at (678) 547-6439, (800) 837-2905, ext. 6439, or

Speaking at the luncheon will be Steve Berry, lawyer and author of six historic thrillers, including his latest novel, “The Alexandria Link,” and his next title, “The Venetian Betrayal,” (Ballantine Books) scheduled for release mid-December; Terry Kay, a 2006 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, screenwriter and author of nine published novels, his newest being “The Book of Marie” (Mercer University Press); Hank Klibanoff, managing editor of news for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and co-author of 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning book in history, “The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation” (Vintage); and Ferrol Sams, M.D., Fayetteville physician and humorist, and popular author of eight books, including this year’s release, “Down Town” (Mercer University Press).

Other authors signing books at the event include: Mary Kay Andrews, “Savannah Breeze;” Stephen Bluestone, College of Liberal Arts professor of English, “The Flagrant Dead: Poems;” Carmen Agra Deedy, “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale,” Renee Dodd, “A Cabinet of Wonders;” John Ferling, “Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence;” Buckner F. Melton Jr., CLA ’84, “Sea Cobra: Admiral Halsey’s Task Force and the Great Pacific Typhoon;” Karin Slaughter, “Beyond Reach;” Martha Stamps, “The New New Southern Basics: Traditional Southern Food for Today;” Peggy Stelpflug, “Home of the Infantry: The History of Fort Benning,” and Kimberly Webb, “Princess Bubble.”

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