Author Ashton Lee to attend book review at Crosby Memorial Library

Published 7:00 am Saturday, December 10, 2016

Once a month, the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library hosts its brown bag book review to discuss locally published or popular books with the public. However, this month the group is changing their regular plans.

On December 13, Ashton Lee, author of Queen of the Cookbooks, will be leading the book review and talking about his newest book in the Cherry Cola series.

“Ashton is a very popular writer. He has a huge following in Mississippi and in our area so it is an honor to have him come and talk with us about his new book,” Kathleen Holland, a founder of the Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library, said.

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Lee is originally from Natchez and incorporates his experiences of growing up in the Deep South in his books, Holland said.

In 2013, Lee published the first book of the Cherry Cola series called The Cherry Cola Book Club. Then, three more books followed before he recently released the fifth book of the series, which he will talk about on Tuesday.

The Crosby Memorial Library will have paperback copies of the Queen of the Cookbooks for sale and participants will have a chance to get their book signed by Lee. Also, food and drinks will be available at the book review.

In the last several years, Holland said they had Lee come talk about one of his books, which “was a delight.”

“We are truly excited for him to come. He is a great speaker and an even better writer. This is a great opportunity for people to come and talk about his books and share your favorite locally published works as well,” Holland said.

Proceeds from book purchases will go toward the library’s special project to install an automatic door opener at the library facility on Goodyear Boulevard.

The brown bag book review will start at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Holland Hall at the Crosby Library.