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Tuscaloosa, Alabama – The Shelton State Alumni Association will host a book signing and reading with author Wayne Flynt and special guest Nancy Grisham Anderson.  The event will be on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Bean-Brown Theatre on the Martin Campus.  A reception sponsored by the Literacy Council of West Alabama will immediately follow the event.


Wayne Flynt and Nancy Grisham Anderson will share excerpts from Flynt’s fourteenth book, Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee.  His newest book recounts his twenty-five year friendship with Alabama native and To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee and offers an incisive and compelling look into the mind, heart, and work of one of the most admired authors in modern literary history.


Dr. Wayne Flynt is professor emeritus in the department of history at Auburn University and one of the most recognized and honored scholars of Southern history, politics, and religion.  He has won numerous teaching awards and has lectured about his favorite novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, in cities across America and around the world.


A native Mississippian and the 2004 recipient of the Eugene Current-Garcia Award, Nancy Grisham Anderson has taught Southern and American literature and writing courses and published on writers including Zelda Fitzgerald, Richard Marius, Lella Warren, and Harper Lee.  She taught courses on To Kill a Mockingbird and led summer teacher institutes in Monroeville on the novel.


General admission is $25, student admission is $15, and ticket prices include the reception.  Copies of Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee will be available for purchase at the event.  All proceeds benefit Alumni Association scholarships for adult students.  Seating is limited, and advance purchase of tickets is suggested.  Tickets may be purchased in advance on the Martin Campus at the Theatre Tuscaloosa Box Office.  Remaining tickets will be available at the door.


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