"Meet the Author" Series Presents, Charles E. Thomas

Event Type: Author/Book Signing
Date: 7/9/2013
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 Join us for 4 Tuesdays in June/July during our adult summer reading program's "Meet the Author" series. This week, we'll be joined by Charles E. Thomas, author of "Jelly Roll: A Black Neighborhood in a Southern Mill Town."

"Jelly Roll is a compelling portrait of an African American working-class community based on the distinctive, powerful voices of the residents. Charles Thomas incisively reveals how three generations faced troubled times and deferred opportunities as traditional bonds frayed. This new printing reintroduces a notable work that reminds readers of the vitality and complexity of rural communities adapting to change." ó Ben Johnson, author of Arkansas in Modern America

Jelly Roll, a small community of African Americans living in company housing outside the Calion Lumber Company in Calion, Arkansas, is the subject of this classic Arkansas ethnography written by Charles E. Thomas, an anthropologist whose family owned the mill. Originally published in 1986, Jelly Roll combines Thomasís unique perspective as both an academician and the grandson of the sawmillís founder. Thomas conducted extensive interviews covering three generations among the eighty-four households forming this community, illuminating the residentsí lives in an unusually thorough and nuanced fashion.

Now back in print and enhanced with later interviews revealing attitudes of growing restlessness over the slow movement toward racial equality and opportunity, Jelly Roll will be a welcome reference for anyone interested in African American studies, the South, or the sawmill industry.

Charles E. Thomas was a professor of anthropology at Washington University for seventeen years. He returned to his hometown and the Calion Lumber Company in 1975 and has run the company ever since.

Thomas' book will be for sale and signing at the event.
Library: William F. Laman Public Library    Map to the Main Library
Location: Lecture Hall - Main Library
Contact: Debra Wood
Contact Number: 501-771-1995 x105
Presenter: Debra S. Wood