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Virtual Event – Sidney Thompson
October 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Magic City Books proudly welcomes Sidney Thompson author of Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves, the first book in his planned trilogy about Bass Reeves for a virtual author event, hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live.
To register in advance for the Zoom event visit: https://magiccitybooks.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_m1mgibavR5C0X13FMXz-DQ.
Copies of Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves are currently available at Magic City Books. You can order here and have it shipped or choose to pick it up at the store: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/follow-the-angels-follow-the-doves/236.
Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves is an origin story in the true American tradition. Before Bass Reeves could stake his claim as the most successful nineteenth-century American lawman, arresting more outlaws than any other deputy during his thirty-two-year career as a deputy U.S. marshal in some of the most dangerous regions of the Wild West, he was a slave.
After a childhood picking cotton, Reeves became an expert marksman under his master’s tutelage, winning shooting contests throughout the region. His skill had serious implications, however, as the Civil War broke out. Reeves was given to his master’s mercurial, sadistic, Moby-Dick-quoting son in the hopes that Reeves would keep him safe in battle. The ensuing humiliation, love, heroics, war, mind games, and fear solidified Reeves’s determination to gain his freedom and drew him one step further on his fated path to an illustrious career.
Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves is an important historical work that places Reeves in the pantheon of American heroes and a thrilling historical novel that narrates a great man’s exploits amid the near-mythic world of the nineteenth-century frontier.
Sidney Thompson teaches creative writing and African American literature at Texas Christian University. He is the author of You/Wee: Poems from a Father and Sideshow: Stories. Thompson has published his short fiction in numerous literary journals and anthologies.