Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Jeffrey Blount, Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way, Thurs., Jan. 25, 6 pm

Join us at the 20 S. Battery Hotel on Thurs., Jan. 25 at 6 pm for an evening with Jeffrey Blount, author of Mr. Jimmy From Around the Way (Beaufort Books, 350 pp., $25.95). Mr. Blount will be joined in conversation by Rebecca Dwight Bruff, author of Trouble the Water (Koehler, 348 pp, $19.95).

About the book:

After a highly publicized fall from grace, James attempts to flee from the chaos in his life. He ends up in a community he had never heard of before, one that has been neglected and ignored by everyone in rural Ham, Mississippi. A place of abject poverty, the neighborhood is commonly referred to as “Around the Way.”

Within a place forgotten by the rest of the world, politics can be a dangerous game. When a troubling discovery is made, the entire neighborhood is rocked to its core and James is forced to confront his own past in order to help the community have a future. He will have to find the strength to fight for the neighbors he once disregarded and avert a heart-breaking disaster.

A self-identified failure is forced to uncover the wisdom of his past in order to recognize that money can’t solve every problem. Full of never-ending twists and turns, no one can prepare themselves for the surprises in store. Mr. Jimmy From Around the Way is a story about failure, self-discovery, empowerment, and the possibility of redemption.

About the author:

Jeffrey is the award-winning author of three novels. He is also an Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

During a 34-year career at NBC News, Jeffrey directed a decade of Meet The Press, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and major special events. He is the first African- American to direct the Today Show. He is also an award winning documentary scriptwriter for films and interactives that are now on display in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

A Virginia native, he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree inCommunications/Broadcast Journalism. He now lives in Washington, DC.


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