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What do Mid-South duck-hunting clubs and Robert Johnson have in common? And what's a cavalryman bent on revenge during the Civil War doing alongside an unapologetic redneck and former lawman by the name of Junior Ray Loveblood?

Answer: All of the above are the fictional or nonfictional bases for recent books of local interest, and those books are all by local authors. At Saturday's DKCON at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, you'll have a chance to hear the authors discuss their works. You'll also have a chance to have those works signed by said authors. And those authors are:

Photographer Murray Riss (First Shooting Light); music writer Tom Graves (Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of the Blues Legend Robert Johnson); and novelists Julie Hawkins (Hellfire Beckoning) and John Pritchard (Junior Ray and Yazoo Blues).

Except for Hawkins, this won't be the first time these authors have signed at Davis-Kidd. In fact, Riss' splendid book of photographs was the store's number-one seller last year, according to publicist Christina Meek, who coordinated this summer's DKCON:

"I picked authors I thought Memphis readers would like to ask questions of. And I wanted variety. So I contacted some of our most popular local writers. John Pritchard, for example, we just love. I like to invite him to participate in anything we do involving Memphis authors. Tom Graves we've had, and though Julie Hawkins has never done an event with us, I thought the subject of her book was a good fit with the other titles."

Can't make it to Saturday's program? Look for future local-author days at Davis-Kidd. According to Meek, in August the store has scheduled a panel discussion among local writers who call themselves Imagicopter. In December, the store is again hosting its popular "home for the holidays" Memphis-author meet-and-greet.

And that's not all. Meek would like to see writing workshops inside the store too. Stay tuned at daviskidd.com.


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