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February 2016


Stay tuned for details about our Second Annual Gala! We hope you'll join us for another fun evening of history, music, food, and fun.

October 15, 2015


Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts, visited us in October with an inspiring and entertaining talk.

August 27, 2015


We are pleased to have had veteran journalist Curtis Wilkie join us again.

September 24, 2015


Celebrated storyteller and Pulitzer winner Rick Bragg will joined us September 24 for an enthralling evening of tales as only he can tell them.

Sharon Draper

March 19, 2015


Our first speaker for the 2015 season was well-known Young Adult writer Sharon Draper, author of Tears of a Tiger, and the just-released Stella by Starlight. She will spoke to large crowds at the Pinnacle at CCC and at the Library.

2014: Lois Lowry


Double Newberry Winner, Young Adult author, Lois Lowr joined us in October for the 2014 season finale. She is best-known for The Giver, Number the Stars, which top school book lists nation-wide. Lowry is the author of over thirty books.

2014: Juan Williams

2014 : Mary Miller


We hosted University of Mississippi Writer-in-Residence, Mary Miller, in September. She is the author of numerous short stories, and her first novel, The Last Days of California, came out in January, 2014 to excellent reviews.

We were very pleased to present a talk with Eyes on the Prize author and Fox News journalist, Juan Williams, on August 28. Williams has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, and has written for many national publications.

2014: Matthew Guinn

We kicked off the 2014 season with Guinn, author of The Resurrectionist. His second work, The Scribe,  will be out this year.

2014: The Lacks Family

We had a wonderful discussion with descendants of Henrietta Lacks. Their foremother was the subject of Rebecca Skloot's award-winning book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

2013: Natasha Trethewey

Mississippi native and National Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, joined us in September for an exceptional talk and reading from her recent works. Local high school students also enjoyed an afternoon reading with Ms. Trethewey

2013: James Meredith

The first African-American admitted to the University of Mississippi, James Meredith, spoke on the importance of community, and especially of churches, in making a better future for our children.

2012: Nikki Giovanni

Famed poet, Nikki Giovanni, visited with high school students and gave an extraordinary talk that moved the audience to laughter, tears, and better understanding of diverse perpectives.

2012: Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy started her talk by acknowledging James Meredith, who was in attendance. She spoke on the importance of reading and education to several hundred people assembled on the grounds of the Higher Education Center.

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