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Mississippi writer to be at The Bookstore, Horse Cave, KY

Tom Chaney is back at The Bookstore after a few days out following a health challenge. He's doing great. He's even listened to the doctor's orders to change his diet and to add walking and other more strenuous exercise than spinning yarns at The Bookstore. The following is an invitation to visit The Bookstore for a visit by a very special author, John Prichard. It's special, as is the reviewer and the wonderful staff of The Bookstore, including Robert Stone and Ann Matera. -CM

John Prichard will sign new book, "Yazoo Blues"
Author John Prichard will be at The Bookstore, 111 Water Street in Horse Cave, on Sunday December 14 to sign and discuss his new book "Yazoo Blues."

It's the second book in the saga of Junior Ray Loveblood, "Yazoo Blues" is not for the squeamish.

Once a deputy sheriff of a Mississippi delta county, Junior Ray is now a parking lot guard at the floating Lucky Pair-O-Dice Casino.

He is also an amateur historian, being an authority on the failed Union expedition at Yazoo Pass of the Mississippi River.

Junior Ray also conducted a research expedition to a cabaret and strip club up in "Meffis," the large Tennessee town on the river just above Mississippi. The latter was conducted with his friend Mad Owens.

Junior Ray theorizes that love did in Mad Owens; that peyote was the downfall of the Union commander Watson Smith; and that his own life was saved by the strip club.

Prichard's first novel "Junior Ray" was named one of Barnes and Noble's Top Ten Debut Novels for the year--2005.

Prichard is a Mississippi native who now lives in Meffis. One reviewer noted that "Prichard, a college English teacher, belongs to the non-genteel branch of southern letters, with the profanity factor unusually high."

No matter how it is softened, the "R" rating holds.

Junior Ray is hateful and often quite funny. His "peculiar views on marriage, redneck sex, religion and law enforcement are laugh-out-loud funny," according to "Publishers Weekly."

"Polite ladies' reading groups will probably not be interested. Good ol' boys and girls will have a good time." Thus sayeth H. F. Lippincott in "Alabama Writers Forum."

Festivities will begin about 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Light refreshments will be available. Bookstore proprietor Tom Chaney suggest coming early to do Christmas shopping--at least browsing.

"Books make fine Christmas presents," he opines.

The store specializes in modern first editions for reasonable prices. He also has a good selection of signed first editions.

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