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 our $10 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 4David 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 1Dalton 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 – No BookTalk this Thursday due to The Seder Dinner


Punching Holes in the DarkApril 5 – Robert Benson, Punching Holes in the Dark, spent his life writing and speaking about one thing : Paying attention for the everyday things that point us to the presence of the Holy in our lives. About our longing for home and community and a sense of belonging. About our practice and ritual and work and play and contemplation. About the way such things can be constant reminders of who we are and who we are to become. He has published more than twenty books ranging from books on prayer and and liturgy and spirituality and vocation to travel and gardening and baseball and the Rule of St. Benedict. They include Between the Dreaming and the Coming True, Living Prayer, In Constant Prayer, That We May Perfectly Love Thee, and his most recent work, Punching Holes in the Dark.


The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal'sMay 3 –  Malcolm White and Ginger Williams Cook, The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal’s   Featuring beautiful watercolor paintings, the book brings together thirty years of family history, live music performances, and cafe society through graphic designs of old photographs, original illustrations, Hal’s legendary recipe cards, and the written word. Opening with a foreword by the renowned author and chef Robert St. John and featuring Ginger’s bold and vibrant look at a place she grew up patronizing, The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal’s captures the reflective, quirky voice of one half of the dynamic team known to millions as Hal & Mal.