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25 October 2007

Friends of Library Hosting Alabama Author Program/Book Signing

Friends of Houston Cole Library are hosting a program/book signing featuring Alabama author Tom Franklin on Tuesday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Library. Mr. Franklin is the author of two novels set in Alabama, Hell at the Breech (2003) and Smonk (2006), as well as a collection of short stories, Poachers, which won the 1999 Edgar Award and was named a Best First Book of Fiction by Esquire Magazine.

Tom Franklin is teaching in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi and currently resides in Oxford, Mississippi. Franklin has appeared twice at JSU's "On the Brink," the February literary festival featuring emerging writers of the South.

His novel, Hell at the Breech, draws inspiration from the nonfiction account, The Mitcham War of Clark County, Alabama, authored by the head of the Department of History and Foreign Languages, Harvey Jackson III, in collaboration with Joyce White Burrage and James A. Cox.

Franklin is married to poet Beth Ann Fennelly who has also appeared as an "On the Brink" writer.

Mr. Franklin will read from his work and sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase at the program.

For more information about Tom Franklin--a biography, an interview, a review of his works, visit the Website Tom Franklin.

The program is open to all and refreshments will be served.

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