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The Axeman

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Fant Memorial Library together with the Department of History, Political Science, & Geography and the Department of Languages, Literature, & Philosophy at Mississippi University for Women will host a series of “Meet the Authors” events this fall in the Gail P. Gunter Multipurpose Room.

“Our committee looked at recently published books which have a definite Southern connection and which we thought would appeal to our community and campus audiences. We want to provide a venue for discussions that are both entertaining and educational and maybe even have a local connection,” said Dr. Bridget Pieschel, chair of the Department of Languages, Literature, & Philosophy at The W.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Miriam Davis, author of “The Axeman of New Orleans: A True Story,” will read and sign her work at 5 p.m.

The book details the fascinatingly grisly story of America’s first serial killer who stalked the streets of New Orleans from 1910 to 1919.

Davis has a doctorate in history and is the author of “Dame Kathleen Kenyon: Digging Up the Holy Land,” a biography of the most important female archaeologist of the 20th century. Davis lectures for Smithsonian Journeys and lives in Montgomery, Ala. Davis, who once lived in Columbus, actually began the research for her book at The W’s Fant Memorial Library.

On Monday, Nov. 6, Karen Cox, author of “Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South,” will read and sign her work at 5 p.m.

“Goat Castle” tells the story of a local feud, killing, investigation and trial, showing how a true crime tale of fallen southern grandeur and murder obscured an all too familiar story of racial injustice.

Dr. Cox received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is the author of two books and numerous essays and articles on the subject of southern history and culture.

“We absolutely want to be holding cultural events that benefit the campus to get people in the library and have everybody come and use these gorgeous spaces that we have built now,” said Amanda Clay Powers, dean of Library Services.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about library events, please visit http://www.muw.edu/library.

Oct. 6, 2017
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