First Thursday BookTalks at St. James’

Join us at 11:45 am on the first Thursday of each month for the First Thursday BookTalks at St. James’. Enjoy Ms. Joyce’s lunch buffet and hear one of Mississippi’s authors speak on their latest book. Lemuria will be on hand with copies of the books to sell also. Invite your friends and family. The more the merrier!

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September 7 – Rick Cleveland, Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes,  The most decorated sports journalist in MS history. Currently writes for MS Today in addition to a syndicated column and was recently inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.




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October 5 – Mary Ann Connell, An Unforeseen Life. Story of loss, faith, tragedy, and perseverance. When Connell was eight, fire took the life of her younger brother. Connell blamed herself for the accident, and guilt became a motivator for the remainder of her remarkable life.



Beth Ann Fennelly

November 2 – Beth Ann Fennelly, Heating and Cooling. Poet Laureate of MS offers bright glimpses into a richly lived life.  Tonally, some are wistful, some arch, some poignant, and many of them reveal the humor often buried below the surface in our everyday interactions. 


Sarah Frances Hardy - BookTalks 12-7-2017

December 7
– Sarah Frances Hardy, 
Puzzled by Pink, Paint Me! & Dress Me! Beautifully illustrated children’s books with inspiring stories that are sure to charm young readers and parents alike. With a juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts in fine art from Davidson College (Class of 1991), and subsequent studies at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, Sarah Frances Hardy took an early retirement from practicing law to paint and write full time.



The Book of Mississippi Quotations

January 4 – David Crews, The Book of Mississippi Quotations brings together the artistry and cadences of the world s greatest storytellers. It blends powerful observations on love, truth, lies, race, women, war, humor, failure, fear, humility, evil, politics, religion, law, the blues, violence, drinking, death, endurance, and sacrifice the wide breadth of themes and emotions that make up life well lived and poorly lived.




Sanctuaries of SegregationFebruary 1 – Dalton Lyon, Sanctuaries of Segregation provides a unique perspective of how a local church community and individual church people reacted to civil rights activists and the movement as a whole during those tumultuous years.



March 1 – To Be Announced

April 5 – To Be Announced

May 3 – To Be Announced