CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. Aug. 6, 2010 — Former State Rep. Jerry Ford’s book The Gordonville Grove: Stories of Tombstones, Tambourines & Tammany Hall will be released at a public reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing; refreshments will be served.
Published by Copperdome Press, an imprint of Southeast Missouri State University Press, the book chronicles humorous, behind-the-scenes events Ford has encountered as a funeral director, big-band musician, member of the Missouri Legislature, and on the campaign trail for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District seat.
Dr. Robert Hamblin, renowned Faulkner scholar and professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University, writes, “Jerry Ford is a born storyteller. His book will both delight and instruct the reader, [and]his characters mirror the stuff of real America. There are laughs aplenty in this book, but also a warmth and wisdom that can only derive from a love of life, a respect for neighbor, and a genuine tolerance of the human condition.”
Ford’s book is illustrated by local artisan, Don Greenwood, and on Aug. 30 will be available at Southeast Bookstore, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or Southeast Missouri State University Press at www6.semo.edu/universitypress.