Johnson to give Foster Lecture

By NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mississippi author, nationally syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Rheta Grimsley Johnson will be the 2010 Helen Foster Lecture series speaker at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lee County Library.
Author of the acclaimed new memoir, “Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming,” Johnson kicks off the library’s celebration of National Library Week, April 11-17.
Her appearance, made possible by the library’s special endowment fund for this series, is free and open to the public.
Johnson also will stay afterward for a reception, hosted by the Friends of the Lee County Library, at which attendees can visit with her and purchase copies of her book.
“We will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday,” said Lee County Library Director Jan Willis. “Seating is first come, first seated. By continuing our Helen Foster Lecture series on Sunday afternoon again this year, we think we’ll draw a large crowd.
“We’re very happy to bring Rheta Grimsley Johnson, a winner of the Ernie Pyle Award for human interest reporting, to our library as our 2010 speaker. Her Northeast Mississippi roots go back over three decades to when she was a reporter for The Commercial Appeal.”
Author Rick Bragg’s reaction to her new memoir, Willis said, really caught the essence of her appeal when Bragg said that she “writes with nothing short of beauty about childhood, lost loves, sad dogs, and everything else worth knowing about.”
The opportunity to present a program like this, Willis said, is due to the library’s Helen Foster trust fund, established by the late chairwoman of the Lee County Library board of trustees for many years and a lifelong library champion.
For more information, call the Lee County Library at (662) 841-9027.