Friday, October 30, 2009

Library Lines

Former State Representative, newspaper editor-publisher and political consultant Bill Miles will be discussing his recently published memoir, Scribe Among Pharisees at Lunching with Books Tuesday, November 10th at the Pontotoc County Library, beginning at noon, which is sponsored by the Pontotoc Woman’s Club. Before the program, Mr. Gerald Waldrop from the Pontotoc Music Study Club will be playing the piano for everyone's enjoyment.

The book is a collection of first-hand stories and memories of by-gone days. Miles chronicles more than a half century of Mississippi politics and southern life. Scribe Among Pharisees documents the good and the bad about Mississippi as seen through this newspaperman-educator-public relations/advertising executive turned politician.

Former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter who wrote the Foreword said: “Writing out of his own personal knowledge, Bill Miles is able to frame events in a way that makes us feel a part of the story - as we identify with various unforgettable characters this book brings to life. Reading this book is like unlocking a vault where heretofore unknown tales are stored.”

Bobby Harrison, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, said: “As a journalist-private businessman and politician, Bill Miles has seen history made in Mississippi and in some instances helped make it. He compellingly puts his journalistic instincts to work in Scribe Among Pharisees whether talking about farm life and a three-legged cat in Itawamba County, covering crime in Northeast Mississippi and the integration of the University of Mississippi, consulting for some of the state’s most powerful politicians or serving in the Mississippi Legislature. Bill has an easy, enjoyable writing style that makes his recollections even the more memorable.”

Bill Miles grew up on a farm in Itawamba County as the youngest of five children. He attended Itawamba Junior College (now Itawamba Community College) and received his B.A. with a major in journalism from the University of Mississippi. He has worked for various newspapers including The Birmingham, AL News, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Press Scimitar and the Daily News (Jackson, MS). Later, he formed the magazine Mid-South Publications, Inc. and was instrumental in creating Bristow-Miles Associates, Inc., the region’s first advertising and public relations firm. In 1996, Miles was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives for District 21 where he served for the next twelve years.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Young donated a book to the library in memory of Mrs. Ruby Austin.

The Library will be closed November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.

The Library has specified use of 7 computers to enhance our community:  4 are for adults pursuing their education, 2 are for job research and resumes, and 1 is for e-government.    

Terry Swindol, officer and longtime member of the NEMSH&G Society, will present a seminar on "The Stateline Mob" in the Lagniappe @ your library: History series at Pontotoc County Library on November 17th at 7 o’clock.

The topic is the true crime story of the sheriff from the book, "The Stateline Mob," and the movie "Walking Tall" and the corruption that took place in the Corinth, MS-Adams County, TN area in the mid-twentieth century.

A videographer and film historian, Swindol has recorded about 50 oral history videos for the Society.

Swindol is a lifelong resident of north Mississippi.  He earned degrees in music education from Mississippi State University in 1970 and 1984.  He was a band director between 1970 to 1995; teaching first at Lawhon Junior High School and later at Shannon High School. Although retired, he continues to teach music part time at Shannon High School and substitute teaches at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School.

He belongs to Toastmasters International, the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Memphis Film Festival.  He is a film historian and collector of vintage films; has worked in two movies; has interviewed several movie actors; and has worked in video production.  Terry enjoys public speaking and presents programs on his historical research.

Upcoming Events: 
Storytime Enrichment – Every Wednesday @ 10:00
Lunching With Books – November 10th @ Noon with Bill Miles
Lagniappe @ Your Library – November 17th @ 7:00 with Terry Swindol

Keep Reading……….

 Annette McGregor
Pontotoc County Library

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