The “Duke,” John Wayne, may be gone, but fortunately for the residents of the Advance area, his grandson is still alive and kicking–and he is coming to Advance on July 27 for the Advance Community Library “Meet the Authors” program.
The famous film star’s grandson first came through the area on May 8, 2013 with the Crowley’s Ridge Wagon Train that traveled from Bell City to Paragould, Arkansas. In the process, the wagon train spent the night of May 8 at the Cow Town restaurant. Approximately 25 wagons and as many outriders joined the wagon train from as far away as Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Wayne, who hails from Paragould, is the author of almost one-hundred western novels. He will bring his books with him to the library, where they will be available for purchase.
“I grew up in St. Louis,” said the author. “I got interested in the stories of the orphans who traveled to the West after the Civil War. St. Louis alone had 20,000 orphans, more than the orphanages could hold.”
Wayne has a 5-book series called “The Gaslight Boys,” named after the orphans who had to live on the streets under the gaslights.
John T. Wayne will join three other authors at the Advance Library book-signing on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Bill Hopkins, a retired judge from Marble Hill, will join the group, along with his wife Sharon Hopkins, an award-winning author of mystery novels.
Bill Hopkins is the author of “Courting Murder,” a murder mystery set in Marble Hill.
Sharon Hopkins has won writing awards for her series entitled “Killerwatt,” “Killerfind,” and “Killertrust.”
The fourth local author to be on hand is Margaret (Pat) Nelson, who is from Wayne County. Nelson’s books feature a vivid picture of a young girl who grew up on the ditchbank in Southeast Missouri.
The community is invited to come meet the authors, enjoy refreshments provided by the library board, and get their books signed by the authors.
This should prove to be an enjoyable event!