Mississippi River Manatee Book Signing at CMOM

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Saturday, Memphian Erin Thorpe, will be reading and signing copies of her book, Murphy the Manatee Visits Memphis at The Children's Museum.

The fictional children’s book is based off an actual encounter in 2006 involving James Jackson, who along with a friend, discovered a manatee while fishing on the Mississippi River banks.

Jackson commissioned Thorpe, a local teacher, to write about the unusual encounter.

The manatee, dubbed “Manny,” was more than 700 miles upriver from his original home in the Gulf of Mexico.

Both Jackson and Thorpe will be present at the event. It will last from 2 to 4 p.m.

Check out next week’s Memphis Flyer to learn more about Murphy the Manatee.

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