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History: Book sale and signing

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The Bossier Parish Library Historical Center is excited to be hosting a book signing by local authors as part of the Bossier Central Library Open House.  The event will happen on Tuesday, August 11th from 5:00-7:00 pm.

One of the featured authors will be Kevin Jones, a local history teacher.  The Historical Center contributed to the publication of Kevin’s new book Bossier City.  The book joins Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series and features many photographs from the Historical Center’s archives, the Tubbs family, the Cobb family, Noel Memorial Library, Trinity Presbyterian Church, George Fritze and Mickey Capuano and family.

Billy Andrews will also participate in the book signing.  His recently published book Outstanding Weather Phenomena in the Ark-La-Tex, An Incomplete History of Significant Weather Events, is the only one of its kind written specifically about the history of weather events in the Ark-La-Tex.  Weather events from major snow and ice storms to severe floods and prolonged droughts are included in his book.  Catastrophic weather events such as hailstorms, the devastating tornado that struck Bossier City in December 1978 and the tornado outbreak of November 1987 are in the book.  Other events include torrential rains and high winds caused by the remains of a hurricane or tropical storm.

Minden author and former community college president Dr. Roy Phillips will be here to sign his book as well.  After being inspired by a meeting in the late 1960’s with Alex Haley, author of Roots, Dr. Phillips set out to do comprehensive research on his own family’s history.  The resulting book is Exodus from the Door of No Return – Journey of an American Family, first published in 2006 and revised in 2009. Dr. Phillips started this family story with tribal life in Africa, then to slavery on a South Bossier plantation, sharecropping, tenant farming and on through his own and his immediate family’s life.  It is one family’s story yet it is the story of millions.

Kathryn DeFatta-Barattini , author of two charming children’s books, I Live in Shreveport-Bossier, by Louise E. Ana and Shreveport Bossier Alphabet, as well as adult nonfiction books, will join our line-up of local authors.

Gene Barattini, Deputy Director of the Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness who has also served as adjutant instructor of Political Science/Homeland Security at Bossier Parish Community College, will be here to sign copies of two of his books The History of the Bossier City Fire Department and DUTY CALLS, Bossier City Firefighters’ Historic Hurricane Katrina Search & Rescue and EMS Mission.

Shawn Bohannon, Command Archivist / Historian for the Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base, will join the group of authors who will sign their books. He is the co-author of Images of America: Barksdale Air Force Base (Arcadia Press) and author of Forgotten Eagle: A Biography of Brigadier General Arthur B. McDaniel.

Feature article writer for the Shreveport Times, John Andrew Prime has generously agreed to sign copies of his books.  Mr. Prime is also a co-author of Images of America: Barksdale Air Force Base and contributor to Shreveport Sounds in BlCopies of the late Col. Neill A. Yarborough’s book History of Bossier City, Louisiana from the Early Years 1833-2006 will be available for sale as well.

Ann Middleton is Director of the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. She can be reached at (318) 746-7717 or amiddlet@state.lib.la.us