Author Event: Rheta Grimsley Johnson
Rheta Grimsley Johnson comes back to the Library to talk about her latest book, Hank Hung the Moon and Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts.
Hang Hung the Moon is Rheta’s evocative and personal tale of 1950s and ‘60s musical staples, all viewed through the life story of Hank Williams and the people he influenced. The book celebrates a world of 78 rpm records and 5-cent Cokes. Hank provides the soundtrack and wisdom for this Last Picture Show of a book.
Finally, stories you haven’t heard a thousand times before about people who love Hank, some famous, most not. This lively little book uses Hank as metaphor for life. You’ll tap your toe and demand an encore.
Rheta Grimsley Johnson has covered the South for over three decades as a newspaper reporter and columnist. Her reporting has won numerous awards, and in 1991 she was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. In 1986 Johnson was inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame. Syndicated today by King Features, Johnson’s column appears in about 50 papers nationwide. She is the author of Poor Man’s Provence and Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming, both published by NewSouth Books.
Location: Main Library Auditorium
Time: Friday June 8 • 6:30-8PM
Number of reservations available: 120
Tickets available at http://store.hmcpl.org/tickets/rhetagjohnson or in person at the Main Library. M-F 9-5 in the Administration Office. Other hours in the First Floor Circulation Desk.