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      Some subscribers may be interested in some of these new titles from
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For information
      AUGUST 2000 Suzanne La Rosa
      334-834-3556 suzanne@...

      A New Novelist in the Tradition of Erskine Caldwell

      "Charlotte Miller has illuminated a dark corner of the American South
      with remarkable grace and beauty. Behold, This Dreamer is an incredible
      debut novel." --Melinda Haynes, author of Mother of Pearl,
      Oprah Book Club? selection for June 1999

      Montgomery, Alabama: NewSouth is pleased to announce a new southern voice
      in Behold, This Dreamer, from first-time novelist Charlotte Miller. Janson
      Sanders, part Cherokee, part poor-but-proud white, is a man intent on
      revenging his father's death and taking back the land stolen from him by a
      wealthy planter. In the process, he meets and falls in love with the
      daughter of another rich landowner who happens to operate an illegal
      bootlegging industry. This desperate, dangerous world of which Janson
      becomes a part places him in a position where he must fend off both rival
      bootleggers and honest policemen. A novel set against the contrasting
      backdrops of the small farm and sharecropping life in the South in the
      final days of King Cotton, Behold, This Dreamer is a story of love, hope,
      poverty, and heartbreak, in which the protagonist is pulled in opposite
      "First-time novelists just aren't supposed to be able to do things like
      this. Miller has a superb sense of place and time, and in Janson Sanders
      she has given us a character who goes right to the heart of some things
      that really matter: love of the land, the good kind of pride, and above
      all, pursuit of dreams."

      Anne George, author of the new Murder Carries a Torch, adds: "Charlotte
      Miller is a born story-teller whose characters come alive."
      *****

      Behold This Dreamer will be available in October at local bookstores,
      through on-line retailers, or directly from NewSouth Books at
      334-834-3556. ISBN# 1-58838-002-5.Retail price is $27.95 (hardcover).




      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For information
      AUGUST 2000 Suzanne La Rosa
      334-834-3556 suzanne@...


      Of Poets Past and Poets Proud
      A New Volume Remembers Alabama's Poet Laureates


      Montgomery, Alabama: NewSouth Books is pleased to announce the publication
      of These I Would Keep: The Alabama Poet Laureates, 1930-2000. This little
      volume, collected and edited by beloved author Helen Blackshear, features
      the work of nine writers who have served as poet laureates of the state,
      including that of Blackshear herself and of acclaimed writer and present
      poet laureate Helen Norris. It also features a foreword byGovernor Don
      Siegelman. Though slim in size, this new collection preserves in one place
      the poems of some of our state?s finest poets as well as those of our
      dearest: Dr. Samuel Minturn, Bert Henderson, Mary B. Ward, Carl P. Morton,
      Ralph Hammond, Morton D. Prouty, Jr., William Young Elliott, Helen F.
      Blackshear, and Helen Norris. "Poetry speaks in many tongues," writes Carl
      Morton in one poem included in the volume. These I Would Keep generously
      captures them all.

      These I Would Keep is the first collection of poetry from NewSouth Books.
      NewSouth is an independent general trade publisher in Montgomery, Alabama,
      recently founded by Randall Williams and Suzanne La Rosa, both formerly of
      Black Belt Press. NewSouth is committed to publishing quality works of
      poetry, literary fiction, and non-fiction that explore the history and the
      culture of the South.
      *****

      These I Would Keep: The Alabama Poet Laureates, 1930-2000 will
      be available August 1 at local bookstores, through on-line retailers,
      or directly from NewSouth Books at 334-834-3556. ISBN# 1-58838-000-9.
      Retail price is $20 (hardcover).




      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For information:
      SEPTEMBER 2000 Suzanne La Rosa
      334-834-3556 suzanne@...
      NewSouth Books announces A Gift Before Dying:Robert Scott's
      Lasting Legacy in his Final Season for the Crimson Tide

      "This book details the Crimson Tide in all the facets involved in
      preparing a team for a collegiate basketball season. However, the true
      essence of this text is the courageous battle of assistant coach Robert
      "Rah Rah" Scott in his fight versus cancer. It is heartbreaking, yet also
      heartwarming, reading about the love between Scott and the Crimson Tide
      players and coaches. A book that hits all of your emotional buttons." Dick
      Vitale, ESPN-TV

      Montgomery, Alabama: NewSouth Books is pleased to announce a new title,
      A Gift Before Dying, written by Stephen Thompson with contributions
      from Head Coach Mark Gottfried. This book tells the story of the
      1999-2000 Alabama basketball season, detailing the hectic lives of the
      coaches and players. The author, himself a former coach, joined the team
      and recorded their practices and their travels, gaining a
      behind-the-scenes view of collegiate athletics. He spent over six months
      with the program, capturing the camaraderie and companionship of the
      staff. Delving into the ups and downs of an emotionally draining season,
      Thompson also tells the story of assistant coach Robert Scott, who was
      diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer just weeks before the season began.
      Given only months to live, Scott spent much of his diminishing time
      trying to help the team improve. And even though Alabama's final record
      for the season was not outstanding, the human tragedy in this story
      reminds everyone what sports is supposed to be all about.

      Part sports book and part human interest story, A Gift Before Dying
      examines the complicated inter-relations in collegiate basketball and
      how a team pulled together when everything fell apart.

      Says Jim Harrick, Head Basketball Coach of the University of Georgia,
      "A Gift Before Dying is a tremendous portrait about life itself.
      The ups and downs of a major college basketball team, the humans
      involved in its exploits and more importantly the struggle with a
      dreaded disease. Heartwarming, real and very emotional."

      *****
      A Gift Before Dying will be available in November at local bookstores,
      through on-line retailers, or directly from NewSouth Books at
      334-834-3556. ISBN# 1-58838-012-2. Retail price is $24.95
      (hardcover).

      More praise for A Gift Before Dying:

      "Whether you've been closely involved with big-time sports or not, A Gift
      Before Dying is an incredibly insightful look inside the world of
      intercollegiate athletics. Stephen Thompson is able to convey the intensity
      of preparation, the joy and disappointment of the sport and, most
      importantly, the relationships and inter-personal dynamics involved. It's
      more than a book about basketball: it's a book about life: you can't help
      but learn from it and enjoy it."Barry Booker, Jefferson-Pilot Sports color
      commentator

      "Robert Scott was a special person. More than a fine player at the
      university, he was courageous beyond words. He will be remembered as an
      inspiration to all those who played with him, coached him, and were coached
      by him." Wimp Sanderson, former University of Alabama head basketball coach



      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For information:
      SEPTEMBER 2000 Suzanne La Rosa
      334-834-3556 suzanne@...

      NewSouth Books announces The People's Lawyer:
      From Collegiate Wrestler to Watchdog of the Public Trust: The Colorful
      Life and Times of Julian McPhillips, Jr.

      "As well as Julian's biography, this book is a history of the
      socio-political evolution of Montgomery, Alabama. The city has been at
      the crossroads of some of the most critical points in the nation's
      history; and Julian was there, too, working in his own way toward a
      more just America." Bill Bradley

      Montgomery, Alabama: NewSouth Books is pleased to announce a new title, The
      People's Lawyer. Acclaimed novelist Carroll Dale Short turns his
      talents to creative non-fiction in this biography of local personality
      and national figure Julian McPhillips, Jr., a man as eccentric and
      paradoxical as the South in which he lives.

      The story follows McPhillips's journey from his early childhood days in
      tranquil Cullman, Alabama, to his burgeoning student activist days at
      Princeton and Columbia. Recounting the one-time assistant attorney
      general's path toward Montgomery trial attorney, Short reveals a man driven
      by his beliefs and his finely etched sense of justice and morality. Along
      the way, amidst police brutality cases and legal battles with Alabama
      governers, Short delves into the life, personality, and habits of
      McPhillips'a life involving faith healers, inter-collegiate wrestling,
      local and national politics, church trials, sexual harassment cases, and
      family, all against the evolving backdrop of the body politic of
      Montgomery. As a fellow citizen put it, "You [Julian McPhillips] and Bobby
      Segall are the only two lawyers in town who could represent Che Guevara one
      day and William Buckley the next." Says Martin Luther King, III, "This book
      tells the story of an unusual lawyer whose distinguished track record
      illuminates the many civil rights issues still facing our society.
      McPhillips has stood up to police brutality and unlawful discrimination in
      employment and public accommodations. He has shaped his career around moral
      choices that have benefited the disadvantaged and the powerless. His
      biography is an eloquent portrayal of a determined, hard-working advocate
      for the people."


      The People's Lawyer will be available in October at local bookstores,
      through on-line retailers, or directly from NewSouth Books at
      334-834-3556. ISBN# 1-58838-004-1. Retail price is $26.95
      (hardcover).
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