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FW: Alabama Author Doug James [Sat., Aug. 11, Bham]

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  • Amos J Wright
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 10, 2007





      Save $2.00 OFF your purchase of Flights of Angels by Doug James.

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      757 Brookwood Village
      Birmingham , AL 35209

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      Book Signing

      Join Books-A-Million in welcoming bestselling author Doug James. James will be signing copies of his new book, Flights of Angels, on Saturday, August 11th at 2 PM at the Brookwood Village Books-A-Million in Birmingham , Alabama .

      During WWII, the U.S. Navy, desperate for pilots, permitted young men to apply for the V-5 pilot program right out of high school. Thirty thousand applicants a year signed up. Upon completion of the year-long, physically and mentally challenging program, the survivors received their commissions and Navy pilots' wings.

      Flights of Angels tells the story of Billy Benson, a young man from a small southern town, as he completes pre-flight training in Athens , Georgia , primary flight training at Millington , Tennessee , just north of Memphis , intermediate in Pensacola , Florida , and advanced squadron at Barin Field, in Foley , Alabama .

      On the day he receives his wings "Under the oaks" in Pensacola , Billy marries Suzanne Walker, a Navy nurse he met during intermediate training.

      He attends primary flight instructors' school in New Orleans and receives orders to teach primary flight in Millington . It is an assignment he does not relish, however, since he wants to get into the war as a fighter pilot.

      Shortly after his twin sons are born, Billy receives special orders to accompany a crew on a secret mission in President Roosevelt's airplane. The plane's mission is to fly Madame Chiang-Kai shek from Washington , D.C. , to Kunming , China , over the Himalayan Mountains .

      The plot of Flights of Angels takes an unexpected turn at this point, reflecting the realities and dangers servicemen and women confront during wartime.

      Doug James grew up and was educated in Florence , Alabama . He attended Freed-Hardeman University when it was a two-year college. He completed his bachelors' degree at Florence State College (now the University of North Alabama ), where he majored in biology. He taught in the public schools of north Alabama before attending Auburn University for a masters' degree in speech communication.

      He taught at Auburn for four years prior to taking up residence in Mobile , Alabama , to teach at Spring Hill College .

      While working on his doctorate at Walden University , James served as an assistant principal and classroom teacher in Mobile public schools.

      Upon retiring in 1992, James returned to Spring Hill College as an adjunct professor of communication arts, where he is currently employed. He also teaches classes at the Mobile campus of Enterprise-Ozark Community College , an aviation school.

      James served on active and reserve duty with the U.S. Navy as a FMF Corpsman, attached to the U.S. Marines. His duty and training sites included the Naval hospital at Beaufort, South Carolina (Parris Island), Camp Pendleton, California, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Twenty-Nine Palms, California, Cherry Point, North Carolina, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Mount Rangley, Maine.

      So come join us Saturday, August 11th at 2 PM at the Brookwood Village Books-A-Million and meet Doug James!

      At A Glance

      Doug James signs Flights of Angels

      Saturday, August 11, 2007
      2 PM
      757 Brookwood Village
      Birmingham , AL 35209

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