February Events at Taylor Books

9th February 2011 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
Reading & Signing Event
Marie Manilla, author of Still Life with Plums

Still Life with Plums is a collection of short stories that portrays the lives of a Black-Irish West Virginian, an acerbic dog groomer, a downtrodden spouse, and many other distinctive and intruiguing characters. Although the characters appear unrelated, there is a common thread that binds them together, and it is up to the reader to find out what it is.

Marie Manilla’s written works have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Mississippi Review, and many other publications; these notable short stories are now collected in Still Life with Plums, which has been nominated for a Weatherford Award.

17th February 2011 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
Reading & Signing Event
Chris Nelson, author of The C.R. Patterson & Sons Company

The C. R. Patterson and Sons Company was founded by freed slave Charles Richard Patterson; when they began producing automobiles in 1915, the company became the first and only black business ever known to have built an automobile. This company and the family have a unique history, and the book gives a detailed account of the Patterson’s 74 year struggle with running a business in a white man’s world.

Christopher Nelson holds degrees in Archaeology and History. He is a known expert in the history of transportation, particularly during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and has shared his interest in the subject through books, lectures, and other projects.

25th February 2011 (6:30 PM to 8:30 PM)
Signing Event
Bowman Gray, photographer for James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh

James Allen was an English writer born in 1864. He wrote 19 books and published a magazine, but among these his book “As a Man Thinketh” is his most famous work. When Bowman Gray lost his father, his mother gave him a copy of “As a Man Thinketh” and a 35-millimeter camera to comfort him. The two gifts inspired the then young man to look at the world in a different light. Years later, Gray couples his own color photographs with Allen’s timeless advice to produce an inspirational book that is as thought-provoking now as it was over a hundred years ago.