Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Bear Hunter by James T. McCafferty

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 2:11 PM

James T. McCafferty grew up in the Mississippi Delta during the 1950s and 1960s and is the award-winning writer of hundreds of articles that have appeared in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and many other publications. His two children’s books, Holt and the Teddy Bear (the story of Holt Collier, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Mississippi Delta hunt that resulted in the naming of the Teddy Bear), and Holt and the Cowboys, each received Children’s Crown Collection designations. 

In his latest book, The Bear Hunter: The Life and Times of Robert Eager Bobo in the Canebrakes of the Old South, McCafferty explores the life of bear hunter Robert Eager Bobo. Over a century ago readers of sporting journals in America and Europe relished the tales of Bobo coming out of the Mississippi Delta. Yet, in the years since, this famous bear hunter of the late 1800s has been all but forgotten. The Bear Hunter brings to the modern reader, not only the story of Bobo’s bear hunting, but a thoroughly fascinating and entertaining picture of pioneer life in the nineteenth century Delta wilderness. 

From the advance media package: "Come now with Bob Bobo and a variety of captivating characters – including the notorious outlaw Jesse James – on their quests for black bear in an environment that now exists only on the pages of history: the wild, trackless, Delta canebrake. Gallop at a breakneck pace through sloughs and swamps, where a horse’s stumble over a cypress knee could mean sudden disaster; thrill to the savage chorus of the hounds as they pursue their game; charge into the cane to knife the bear before it can decimate the pack; taste the fear when the tables turn and hunter becomes the hunted; relax by the campfire on a frosty November evening and listen to the tales of wolf and panther and gun and knife; laugh, too, at comical stories of old time Delta backwoods ways; and, perhaps, shed a tear, as the inevitable tragedies of life visit your newfound friends. The book will delight hunters, outdoors lovers, nature enthusiasts, southern history buffs, folklore fans, and anyone who just enjoys a good book. But let us not delay! The hunters are gathered; the horses are champing at their bits; the dogs are spoiling for a fight; Bobo is sounding his horn. It is time to ride!" 

McCafferty practices environmental and education law in McComb, Mississippi. The Bear Hunter is available for download at Amazon.com and in hardback at The Booksellers at Laurelwood.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Books Read: BookBub Edition

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 4:15 PM

I joined BookBub maybe about a year ago??? It offers ebooks, ranging from free to $2.99. You give them your interests (historical romance, biographies, true crime, etc.), and they send you an email every day with about 3 or 4 titles. 

I'm just the sucker they're looking for. I'm going to estimate that I buy about six books a month. I could easily check, but am too scared to know the truth. I would say about 90 percent of the titles are garbage, some of which I've bought. If the book is free, do not buy.

One thing I learned form BookBub is that there are a LOT of series. (Post-Human, Wild Hearts, The Chances, Sandy Cove, creepily The Girl in the Box, etc., etc.) The first book I read from the service was from the Spademan series, which was a fun read — in the future the well-to-do live in a suspended state; Spademan kills 'em for a fee.  

But I've read some great books because of BookBub; titles I wouldn't have necessarily gotten if they weren't so darn cheap.

Currently, I'm William Styron's Sophie's Choice, not what I thought it would be like. I've downloaded  Hubert Selby's Last Exit to Brooklyn and Halperin and Heilemann's Game Change and a couple books by Dennis Lehane and Alice Hoffman. 

Books I've enjoyed include Masters of Doom about the guys who created the video game Doom; The Billionaire's Vinegar, about wine fraud (this one was a Memphis cameo); the Agatha Christie book At Bertram's Hotel; Welty's The Optimist's Daughter; A Night to Remember about the Titanic; Booker Prize winner Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively; and Pulitzer Prize winner A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. 




Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Memphis Noir release party and signing

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Today is the release day for Memphis Noir, a collection of stories celebrating the underbelly of the city, its ghosts, and the characters that give Memphis its rich patina of blues. Edited by Laureen P. Cantwell and Leonard Gill, the tome brings together many of Memphis' best writers [edtior's note: I am one of the authors included — when noting "the best," however, humility dictates I speak only about my fellow writers] who capture the feel of our unique city past and present. 

"Memphis Noir covers train cars and Beale Street, hoodoo and segregation, Nathan Bedford Forrest and, of course, Graceland, and even includes a graphic novella, the only one in the series," writes Lesley Young in the current issue of The Memphis Flyer. "Veteran Noir contributor and writer Cary Holladay says she was delighted to participate in the project. 'Memphis literally has stories growing on trees. Every day, I heard about or read aobut or find myself involved in . . . stories that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, are not too strange to happen but are much too strange to believe,' Holladay says. 'Memphis is quirky and feral. It should have its own entire series.'"

The Noir series from Akashic Books is 71 strong with another 18 on the way. The first is centered in Brooklyn, but they range from Tehran to Trinidad, Young reports. And, Gill says, "Memphis should be proud. The collection was beyond my expectations, and I couldn't be happier with it."

To celebrate the release, there will be a signing and release party this evening at Story Booth in the Crosstown Concourse development in conjunction with The Booksellers of Laurelwood. Many of the writers will be in attendance to discuss their stories and sign books.

Memphis Noir
Story Booth
438 N. Cleveland Street
Tuesday, Nov. 3
6:00-8:00 p.m.

The full list of writers included in the anthology:

David Wesley Williams
Kaye George
Jamey Hatley
Richard J. Alley
Dwight Fryer
Adam Shaw
Penny Register-Shaw
Lee Martin
Arthur Flowers
Suzanne Berube Rorhus
Ehi Ike
Stephen Clements
Cary Holladay
John Bensko
Sheree Renée Thomas
Troy L. Wiggins

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