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Mercer Press Authors Luncheon Spotlights Berry, Kay, Klibanoff, Sams

November 8, 2007

Tickets and Information:
Sharon Lim Harle  
(678) 547-6439
(800) 837-2905

Media Contact:
Judith Lunsford
(678) 547-6425

ATLANTA – Fourteen national and regional authors, including best-selling and award-winning Southern writers Steve Berry, Terry Kay, Hank Klibanoff and Ferrol Sams, will be featured at the 18th annual Mercer University Press Authors Luncheon. Scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel, the event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a reception and book signing, followed by lunch and speakers at noon.

A special tribute will be given to the legacy of the late Tom Watson Brown, prominent Atlanta attorney, philanthropist and Civil War historian and scholar, who served 28 years as chairman of the Mercer University Press Board of Directors and was a Life Trustee of Mercer University.

The luncheon benefits Mercer University Press. Mercer alumnus and King & Spalding attorney Richard A. “Doc” Schneider will serve as the master of ceremonies. Jimmy and Annie Faye Gardner of Alpharetta are co-chairs of the Host Committee. For those attending from the Macon area, complimentary bus service to and from Atlanta will be available. Ticket prices are $125 per person, and tables of 10 start at $1,250. For tickets and information, contact Sharon Lim Harle at (678) 547-6439 or (800) 837-2905 or

Speaking at the luncheon will be Steve Berry, a lawyer and author of six historic thrillers, including his latest novel, “The Alexandria Link,” and his next title, “The Venetian Betrayal,” (Ballantine Books) scheduled for release mid-December; Terry Kay, a 2006 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, screenwriter and author of nine published novels, his newest being “The Book of Marie” (Mercer University Press); Hank Klibanoff, the managing editor of news for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and co-author of 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning book in history, “The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation” (Vintage); and Ferrol Sams, M.D., a Fayetteville physician, humorist and author of eight books, including this year’s release, Down Town (Mercer University Press).

Other authors signing books at the event include: Mary Kay Andrews, “Savannah Breeze;” Stephen Bluestone, “The Flagrant Dead: Poems;” Carmen Agra Deedy, “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale,” Renee Dodd, “A Cabinet of Wonders;” John Ferling, “Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence;” Buckner F. Melton Jr., “Sea Cobra: Admiral Halsey’s Task Force and the Great Pacific Typhoon;” Karin Slaughter, “Beyond Reach;” Martha Stamps, “The New New Southern Basics: Traditional Southern Food for Today; Peggy Stelpflug, “Home of the Infantry: The History of Fort Benning,” and Kimberly Webb,“Princess Bubble.”

About Mercer University Press:
Mercer University Press has released more than 1,300 titles during its 28 years of operation. Printing approximately 35 titles annually, MUP focuses on materials in the areas of philosophy, religion and Southern history, studies and culture, especially the Civil War. MUP also publishes a Bible study for children called Crosswalk and has a new hymnal, entitled Celebrating Grace, in development. Located in Macon, Mercer University Press is a member of the prestigious Association of American University Presses.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,200 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit