Presenter: G. Rollie Adams
The Society welcomes award-winning author G. Rollie Adams to the Museum on Saturday, November 20 at 10 a.m. Mr. Adams will discuss his recent book, Found in Pieces, to be followed by a book signing. The book sells for $15 paperback/$20 hardcover; cash and checks accepted.
Recipient of five awards for historical and social issues fiction, Found in Pieces is the story of two women—one white and one black—struggling for truth and justice in the Civil Rights-era South. In 1958, when almost no women own and edit newspapers, Pearl Goodbar risks her family’s financial future to buy a small, defunct Southern weekly. Before she can get it up and running, her husband loses his job, a smoldering desegregation crisis flames up in the state capital and Elton Washington—a young black man whose mother, Sadie Rose, is also a businesswoman—disappears.
The mystery of Elton’s whereabouts brings Pearl and Sadie Rose together and leaves Pearl facing editorial and business decisions that could lead to more money woes and even physical harm. Meanwhile, a prominent white man hides a dark secret that Sadie Rose knows but will not tell.
George Rollie Adams is a native of southern Arkansas and a former teacher with graduate degrees in history and education. He is author of the award-winning novel South of Little Rock; the biography General William S. Harney: Prince of Dragoons, which was a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Book Award; coauthor of Nashville: A Pictorial History; and coeditor of Ordinary People and Everyday Life, a book of essays on social history.
Adams has served as a writer, editor, and program director for the American Association for State and Local History and as director of the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans. He is president and CEO emeritus of the Strong National Museum of Play.
Masks are required for all program attendees regardless of vaccination status.