The Yarn Spinners Book Club monthly meeting was a little different this time. Mississippi author Patricia Bradley visited to discuss her book with the book club.
Bradley also held a book signing later that afternoon at the MSU Extension office.
Mississippi State University Extension Service sponsors the Yarn Spinners Book Club. They meet the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 to discuss books chosen by the participants.
Next month the book club will again host another author, Ashton Lee, and a book discussion. Join the Yarn Spinners Book Club on August 5 at 10 a.m. at the library in Ackerman to talk about the Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee.
Can The Library Be Saved?: Next book discussion
By Jan Ballard
Choctaw County Extension Service
Choctaw County will have a great opportunity this August. Noted Mississippi author, Ashton Lee, will come to the Choctaw County Library and help us answer that question.
No, our own county library is in no imminent danger, but in Mr. Lee’s first in a series of books set in Cherico, Mississippi, a town that seems to mirror many communities not so far away, the fate of the library is in the hands of the local leadership.
The Yarn Spinners Book Club (part of MSU’s Extension Service) and Choctaw County Library will host a discussion and book signing on Tuesday, August 5 at 10 am in the library. This would be a great book for the whole community to read and then come join in talking about the Cherry Cola Book Club members, as well as enjoy some light refreshments.
“With its corrugated iron siding and cramped interior, the Cherico, Mississippi, library is no Antebellum gem. But for young librarian Maura Beth Mayhew, it’s as essential to the community as the delicious desserts at the Twinkle, Twinkle Café. It’s a place for neighbors to mingle and browse through the newest bestsellers, for the indomitable Miss Voncille Nettles to host her “Who’s Who in Cherico?” meetings. The library may be underfunded and overlooked, but it’s Maura Beth’s pride, and she won’t let the good ole boys on the City Council close it down without a fight.”
One reviewer wrote: “As a librarian and a Southerner from a small town, I could so identify with this book! Libraries across the country are closing, and the rest of us are daily faced with the realities of having to justify our very existence while trying to get people to take more advantage of the services we offer. Libraries are about so much more than books–we do provide life-changing experiences like the Cherry Cola Book Club. I only wish the good people of all of our towns would stand up and fight like the people of Cherico! “
[Books #2 and #3 in Series]
Another reader says: “I always enjoy a novel that can make me laugh and think at the same time.
Ashton Lee was born in historic Natchez, Mississippi, into a large, extended Southern family which gave him much fodder for his fiction later in life. His father, who wrote under the pen name of R. Keene Lee right after WWII, was an editor and writer in New York of what is now called pulp fiction. As a result, Ashton inherited a love of reading and writing early on and did all the things aspiring authors are supposed to do, including majoring in English when he attended The University of the South, affectionately known as Sewanee. While there, he studied Creative Writing under Andrew Lytle, then editor of the Sewanee Review, and a member of the Southern Agrarians in the 1920s.
Ashton lives in Oxford, MS, enjoying the amenities of a university town that many writers have called home.