Haskell hopes for big Tupelo turnout at two signings

Meet the author
– What: Sam Haskell’s signing of “Promises I Made My Mother”
– When: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday
– Where: Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore, Tupelo
– Cost: $24, Haskell’s proceeds donated to charity
– Info: (662) 842-6453
– Extra: Visit www.samhaskell.com to see Haskell’s interviews with Matt Lauer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry King, Tavis Smiley and others

By M. Scott Morris
Daily Journal
TUPELO – Halfway into a 60-city book tour, Amory native Sam Haskell said he’s ready to visit with friends.
“I just want to put the word out that I’m going to be in Tupelo at Reed’s,” he said during a phone call from New York, “and I would just love for all my friends to come say hello and buy a book.”
“Promises I Made My Mother” recently reached No. 10 on the Los Angeles Times’ best seller list, and it was listed No. 2 by the magazine and Web site, CEO Reads. Haskell will be at Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“I’ve been going from city to city, state to state on a grassroots level,” Haskell said. “It’s starting to happen.”
The book chronicles Haskell’s upbringing in Amory, where his mother, Mary Kirkpatrick Haskell, taught him lessons he later applied as an agent in Hollywood.
“I’ve had churches tell me that they’re using it as devotionals in Sunday school class,” he said. “I’ve had teachers tell me that they’re going to teach portions of it in their school classrooms. It’s all been very humbling and touching.”
On the move
Haskell and his wife, Mary Donnelly Haskell, recently returned from a quick visit to England. Before coming to Tupelo, they’ll make stops in Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago and Memphis. After Tupelo, stops will include Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Denver and Dallas.
“I just keep going. I just keep going,” Haskell said.
The going’s about to get tougher. His wife has been cast as Margaret in a West Coast production of the Tony-winning musical “Light in the Piazza.”
“I’m going to lose her for the month of July, and it’s going to be devastating,” he said. “She’s my handler. She takes care of everything.”
But he’s committed to getting the word out. Haskells’ proceeds from “Promises I Made My Mother” will go to charities, including the Mary Kirkpatrick Haskell Scholarship Foundation.
“Every book bought ends up in the pocket of a kid for an education or something they need,” Haskell said. “I’d just love to have a good Tupelo turnout.”
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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