Lunch at the library

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 4, 2002

It’s been six years since the launch of the Lunch at the Library series, and every year it keeps getting bigger and better.

The ev ent got started when Selma-Dallas Public Library director Becky Nichols realized that there was an abundance of Southern authors who lived in the area, such as Kathryn Tucker Windham and Mary Ward Brown.

Nichols invited these writers, among others, to come to the library and share their latest works with the patrons who visit there.

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On average, between 50 to 70 people take their lunch breaks and attend the event, held once a month in the fall and in the spring.

The program includes a lunch.

The Friends and Family of the Library support the endeavor.

This year’s authors include

John S. Sledge, Kathryn Tucker Windham and Carol Padgett. Following are excerpts from the jackets of the books.

by John S. Sledge

So what connection does this have with Selma? Nichols commented that Sledge used to visit his aunt Octavia Winn, a local historian, in Selma as a child, and when he was here also saw Live Oak Cemetary.

Live Oak, which was built in the same style as some of the Mobile cemetaries, captured Sledge’s imagination.

Sledge’s presentation will also feature a brief introduction to monuments found in cemetaries such as Live Oak and the Mobile cemetaries.

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