This Friday, I’ll be at the Books-A-Million in Texarcana. Hopefully, it will go as well as my other BAM signings have gone. Today, I finished another children’s book, The Little Confederate’s ABC Book, and sent it to my publisher. Along with my other books, it should do very well. Below is a letter/flyer that I’m going to send to every teacher in Mobile, Alabama before my four days of signings there, Nov. 15-18. I’m using Mobile as a model for how an author can conquer a city. Wish me luck.
Featuring Rickey E. Pittman, author of Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House and Stories of the Confederate South, both published by Pelican Publishing.
Mobile area educators are invited to the author events in the Mobile area listed below: (Remember to take advantage of your educator’s discount! Contact the store for times.)
Thursday, November 15: Books-A-Million 6850 Highway 90 Daphne, AL 251-625-8644
Friday, November 16: Barnes & Noble, 3250 Airport Blvd. Mobile. 251-450-0084
Saturday, November 17: Barnes & Noble, 30500 State Hwy 181 Spanish Fort, AL 251-621-3545
Sunday, November 18: Books-A-Million, 3206 Airport, Bell Air Mall, Mobile 251-471-3528
Sunday November 25: Books-A-Million, 3960 Airport Boulevard, Mobile 251-341-0133
Information at each signing will be available on the teaching and musical programs Pittman presents for schools—the Civil War, Creative Writing, and the Scots-Irish. A short bio and description of his books are below. Thank you, and Pelican Publishing wishes you success in your very important work of teaching.
BIO: Rickey E. Pittman, Grand Prize Winner of the 1998 Ernest Hemingway Short Story Competition, is originally from Dallas, Texas. The author and freelance editor earned a BA in New Testament Greek and an MA in English from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. After moving to Monroe, Louisiana, Pittman was added to the Louisiana Roster of Artists in 1998. Working closely with regional art councils, he was commissioned to write historical plays for Franklin (1997) Madison (1998) and Webster (2007) parishes. In addition to his freelance journalism, editing, and nonfiction writing, he has published short stories, poetry, and a novel, Red River Fever. Pittman loves the South and sees himself as a Southern writer. He has a short story collection, Stories of the Confederate South and a children’s book, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House, both published by Pelican Publishing. Another children’s book, The Scottish ABC book, will be published by Pelican sometime in 2008. Pittman is an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp Thomas McGuire, West Monroe, Louisiana; a Civil War re-enactor; and a public speaker on issues and topics related to writing and to the War Between the States. Pittman is also an accomplished guitarist/singer, traveling and performing original and period music relating to the Civil War and the Scots-Irish. Pittman is a certified Secondary Gifted English teacher and currently teaches freshman composition at Louisiana Delta Community College and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
*Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal, May 13, 2005. (Presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in recognition of excellence in research and writing in published writing.)
*Bonnie Blue Society, May 26, 2006. (Presented by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in recognition of scholarly research and published literature.)
*Meritorious Service Medal, in recognition of exceptionally meritorious service through writing to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, July 26, 2007.
Rickey E. Pittman 1105 N. 8th Street, Monroe, LA 71201
318-547-2906 phone (cell)
Author’s Website: http://www.rickeypittman.com/
Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House. A touching and true story of the first black American to be a member of a presidential family. Jim Limber’s parents were free people of color in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War. After their death, Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, legally adopted their child. *An Accelerated Reader Program Selection.
Stories of the Confederate South is an anthology of short fiction presenting a variety of Southern characters, events, and issues that capture the spirit and passion of the South. Pittman carefully researched diaries, biographies, historical events, and social trends and presents an unforgettable collection that tells the story of the true South during and after the Civil War. Though much has been written about the Civil War, Rickey E. Pittman offers a refreshing new Southern perspective on the war that changed history. (*Available after November 8).