University Press Releasing ‘And God Answered: A Memoir by Jean Bell Mosley’

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And God Answered: A Memoir by Jean Bell Mosley is being released this month by the Southeast Missouri State University Press.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 15, 2007 — The writing of Missouri author Jean Bell Mosley (1913-2003) attracted an international audience during her lifetime. When she died at age 89 on June 11, 2003, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., she left behind an autobiographical manuscript which was edited by her son Steve and his wife Viney. It is being released this month by the Southeast Missouri State University Press.

The book is entitled And God Answered: A Memoir by Jean Bell Mosley, in honor of an epiphanic moment Mosley experienced as a girl, a moment that echoed throughout her life.

Three local events will launch the new book. First, a book signing is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. May 30 at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, and a discussion with the author’s son, Steve, will begin at 7 p.m. From 4 to 7 p.m. on First Friday, June 1, the Garden Gallery on Broadway and Pacific Streets will host a book launch. And from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 10, Barnes & Noble Booksellers will host a book signing.

And God Answered: A Memoir begins with Mosley’s childhood in the tiny lead-belt mining town of Elvins, Mo. She was raised on a farm in the southwest portion of the Ozark Mountains, educated in a country school, graduated from Flat River Junior College (now Mineral Area College), and earned a bachelor of science in education degree from Southeast Missouri State College in 1937. Her first short story, published by Woman’s Day magazine, was followed by six books, a weekly syndicated newspaper column that ran for almost half a century, and numerous short stories and articles printed in such magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, Reader’s Digest, The Writer, and Guideposts. Her many honors include the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal for her children’s book The Deep Forest Award and the Missouri Writers’ Guild Award for The Mockingbird Piano. She and her husband Edward Mosley resided in Cape Girardeau, Mo., with their son, Steve Mosley, who teaches secondary school social studies.

Mosley’s memoirs take readers through the Depression, wars, the triumphs of country know-how and formal education, the loss of loved ones and the celebration of new birth, and the ever-present influences of God, nature and the events of the 20th century. She writes of simpler times and homemade happiness, of small graces and abundant blessings, of the fine art that nature unveils and the fine company that loving family provides. Her writing will make you laugh and cry and cherish your own family and friends even more.

The book also will be available May 30 at Southeast Bookstore and on Amazon.com. For more information, contact Mandy Henley at (573) 651-2044 or upress@semo.edu.