Author! Author! Book signings and author appearances in the Mid-South.

Todd Starnes

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Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes

"Fox News & Commentary" host and humorist Todd Starnes has two events this week in the Memphis area on his tour to launch "Dispatches from Bitter America" (B & H Publishing Group, $14.99).

At 3 p.m. today, Starnes will sign books at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, and at 11:30 a.m. Monday, he'll be at the Wolfchase Barnes & Noble store.

In addition to his daily show on Fox News Radio, Starnes is a regular contributor to Fox Nation and FoxNews.com, and appears on "Fox & Friends" and "Hannity."

You learn a lot about a guy from his book titles: Starnes' first book, about his 2004 open-heart surgery, was "They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy on the Dipstick." The subtitle of "Dispatches" is "A Gun Toting, Chicken Eating Son of a Baptist's Culture War Stories." Besides his essays on that war, the new book includes interviews with Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Paula Deen, Mike Huckabee and Amy Grant.

Topics that draw Starnes' satire include religion and healthcare, country music and barbecue. Here's a taste:

"A country that knows how to smoke a pork butt is a country worth defending. Friends, our nation is as diverse as the meat it smokes. In the North they smoke hams. In the South we smoke pork. In Texas they smoke beef. In California they smoke pot. Barbecue is not just food; it's a state of mind."

The Wolfchase Barnes & Noble store is located at 2774 N. Germantown Parkway. Call (901) 386-2468.

The Booksellers at Laurelwood is at 387 Perkins Ext. Call (901) 683-9801.

Jimmy Johnson signs 'Beaucoup Arlo & Janis'

Comic-strip artist and writer Jimmy Johnson, creator of "Arlo & Janis," which appears daily in The Commercial Appeal and some 400 other newspapers, will discuss his career and sign copies of his new hardcover collection, "Beaucoup Arlo & Janis" (Upper Creek Publishing, $24.95) at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Ext. A full story appears on the cover of today's M section.

Volume No. 64

The latest edition of "The West Tennessee Historical Papers" -- an annual volume collecting research papers, book reviews, diary excerpts and other articles of historical interest -- is now available.

The 2010 edition, which was published late last year, is the 64th annual volume.

The featured paper is "Benjamin Fooy 1759-1823: The Original Memphian" by Jon T. Fox. A student of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian languages and cultures, Fooy settled in what was known as the Chickasaw Bluffs in 1782. In 1819, the first official lot of the new City of Memphis was awarded to Fooy, in "consideration" of his longtime residency.

The book is available for $25; contact West Tennesee Historical Society treasurer Ed Frank at efrank@memphis.edu or call (901) 678-8242. The book also can be found through the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, and at the libraries at Rhodes College, the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University.

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