Book fair to coincide with GumTree Festival



By M. Scott Morris

Daily Journal

TUPELO – While traveling to promote his book, an author discovered something his hometown lacked.

“I’ve been invited to do signings at really nice book fairs around the country,” said Merle Temple, author of “A Ghostly Shade of Pale,” “and I got to see how many people they brought to those towns.”

The Tupelo resident went to work and scheduled the Mississippi Hills Book Fair for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

The event will take place at the Mississippi Hills Exhibit Center on Main Street across from the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In addition to Temple, 11 others will set up booths.

“I think people enjoy meeting authors, especially ones they know or follow,” he said.

The lineup will include New York Times best-selling author Julie Cantrell, along with her fellow Oxford residents Kat and Margaret King.

Tupelo’s Patricia Neely-Dorsey will attend, as well as Adele Elliott, Diane Williams, Linda Rettstatt, Jim Ritchie, Whitney Yarber White, Jimmy Reed and Jimmie Moomaw.

Histories, mysteries, memoirs, Christian titles and more will be for sale, and there will be door prizes.

Temple said the book fair was scheduled to take place during the 2014 GumTree Festival to give out-of-towners another reason to visit Tupelo.

“We’ll see how it goes. We want to see it grow, but it has to start somewhere,” Temple said. “Maybe one day Tupelo will be one of those cities that brings hundreds of authors and their fans to town.”

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