by Leonard Gill
On October 1st, Lauderdale will also be on hand (along with dozens of other local authors) at Bookstock, a Memphis area author fair. The event takes place at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Poplar and will serve as a showcase for discussions, signings, and workshops for aspiring writers.
If you're interested in being part of the audience for the library's Book Talk program, Bookstock's also offering limited seating for the 1 p.m. taping of the broadcast that day, which will feature show producer Stephen Usery interviewing Memphian Mark Greaney, whose latest thriller in Greaney's Gray Man series, Ballistic, hits stores in late September.
For more information on Bookstock or to register for a workshop, go here or call 415-2709.
But back to Vance, in his own write and on his proven appeal:
"Ever since my first book came out in 2003, I had a sense there might be some demand for a follow-up, but I wasn’t entirely confident that it would sell. Maybe people had had enough 'Vance.' But we finally published Book Two, which includes Memphis magazine columns from 2004 to the present-day, and I have to say that I’m surprised — and delighted — by the response.
"In fact, we’ve gotten notice from the Booksellers at Laurelwood that they are anticipating such a large crowd, anyone planning to attend the booksigning there on Tuesday will have to go by the store first to reserve their place in line.
"There are plenty of other Memphis history books around — good ones. Some of them present an overview of our entire city. Others focus on specific events, or places, or people that have shaped our city.
"I think my books fill in the gap. They focus on the oddities, the eccentrics, the offbeat and unusual. Very few, if any, of the other history books will have much to say about Happy Hal, for example, or Sivad, or Pappy’s Lobster Shack, or Al’s Golfdom. But these are people and places that people remember fondly. That’s what my books are all about.”