Visiting Writer to Read From Her Work, Sign Books

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 24, 2004 – Linda Busby Parker of Mobile, Ala., author of the novel, Seven Laurels, will read from her work and sign copies of her book Oct. 7 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. Seven Laurels was published in April by the Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Parker received a James Jones First Novel Fellowship for Seven Laurels, a novel set in the Civil Rights Movement in the South between 1954 and 1994. The novel traces the life of African-American Brewster McAtee, a hardworking and innovative carpenter, as he struggles for his dreams to own land and build a home and respectability in rural Alabama. When the Civil Rights Movement explodes, he is drawn into the core of the conflict, where he and his family face the ultimate loss from which they may never recover.

Parker has published short fiction and non-fiction, and has been a participant at both Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences. She has served as publisher and editor of Mobile Bay Monthly magazine and as a student editor of The Louisville Review. She is a frequent book reviewer for the Mobile Press Register.

She holds a master of fine arts degree from Spalding University and serves as a mentor for The Writers Loft at Middle Tennessee State University. She has served on the faculties at Eastern Michigan University, Iowa State University and the University of South Alabama.