Monday, January 24, 2011

Book Signing at Stellar Beans

Hey Pulpwood Queens,

Our club member, Val Smith, is hosting a book signing on Saturday Feb 5 from 11 am to 2 pm for two local authors Linda LeBert and Brian Harrell.  Both books will be available for purchase and signing following a brief presentation.  Both books are written by local authors....and I hope Val has coffee and beignets, she usually does on Sat mornings.

Hope to See you there


A joint book signing by Dr Brian Harrell and Dr Linda LeBert at Stellar Beans Coffee Shop located at 319 Broad Street in Lake Charles.  It is an adorable shop with drinks ,  food ; an excellent atmosphere.   Both books are based on true stories.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.
We will both do a short presentation and then sign books.
Time:  11am-2pm.---Feb 5, 2011  -Saturday
Brian Harrell's Book:  Crimson Stained the Bayou Pines: A Novel of Political Struggle in the Deep South.  It can be found online at Books-a-million, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.  It is a story that revolves around the struggles of Walter Dietz to establish the Socialist Party in Louisiana in the early 20th century.  He was also very active in the establishment of many of the trade unions in Lake Charles at the time, including the lumber mills.  His work ultimately in defiance of the established powers at that time--namely, John Henry Kirby.  The struggles between those loyal to the unions and those loyal to the lumber mills transformed into a series of lock-outs and labor strikes known as "The Southwest Louisiana Timber Wars," and culminated in an event known as "The Grabow Massacre."  This was a shootout between the union members and the mill workers that lasted for over 45 minutes and transpired just south of DeRidder.
Linda LeBert's Book In the Shadow of My Brother's Cold Blood- Dave Hickock never pulled the trigger of a gun or held a knife to murder another person, but he was sentenced to a lifetime of shame, ostracism, guilt, and psychological anguish because of the actions of one man-his brother. On November 15, 1959, Richard Hickock drove to a bus station in Kansas City and picked up Perry Smith, a prison buddy. Together, they drove to Emporia, Kansas, and purchased rubber gloves, nylon cord, and black stockings. Before day's end, four innocent members of the Clutter family in a town across the state of Kansas would have their throats slashed and Richard and his buddy would be arrested and charged with one of the most brutal and infamous murders ever. As the brother of a cold-blooded killer, Dave's life would never be the same. In this compelling narrative told to Linda LeBert-Corbello, Dave shares his journey from the depths of a family tragedy to how he eventually found the kind of inner-peace that accompanies acceptance of the truth and forgiveness. I do not just want to forget and live happily ever after. I want to be forgiven. -David Hickock