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Sidney Thompson Signs "Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves"

Meet author and historian Sidney Thompson on Saturday, March 14th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM as he signs and discusses his novel, Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves. 

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, he 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.
 “Fearless and unflinching, Follow the Angels, Follow the Dovesis a magnificent work of historical fiction. The characters and the times in which they lived are intenselyand beautifully realized, and uths are ever so urgent.”Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World: A Novel“Sidney Thompson has the ability to pull you into the narrative and give you a glimpse of the antebellum life of a ng slave destined for greatness as a lawman. . . . Highly recommended.”Art T. Burton, author of Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves“This novel, like all the best historical fiction,reminds us that the most memorable events in our history happened in specific minutes, hours, and days to individuals every bit as complicated and contradictory as you or me.”Susan Perabo, author of The Fall of Lisa Bellow: A NovelFollow the Angels, Follow the Doves: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book OneSidney ThompsonPublication Date:March 01, 2020; U.K.: May 01, 2020Imprint: Bison BooksISBN-13: 978-1-4962-1875-9; Price: $19.95; Canadian: $29.95; UK: £15.99Features: 240 pages; 6 x 9 inches; 1 photograph, 1 mapBook descriptionFollow the Angels, Follow the Dovesis 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, he 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 Dovesis 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 Thompsonteaches creative writing and African American literature at Texas Christian University. He is the author of You/Wee: Poems from a Fatherand Sideshow: Stories. Thompson has published his short fiction in numerous literary journals and anthologies. “Fearless and unflinching, Follow the Angels, Follow the Dovesis a magnificent work of historical fiction. The characters and the times in which they lived are intenselyand beautifully realized, and every line rings with authenticity. . . . Its truths are ever so urgent.”Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World: A Novel“Sidney Thompson has the ability to pull you into the narrative and give you a glimpse of the antebellum life of a young slave destined for greatness as a lawman. . . . Highly recommended.”Art T. Burton, author of Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves“This novel, like all the best historical fiction,reminds us that the most memorable events in our history happened in specific minutes, hours, and days to individuals every bit as complicated and contradictory as you or me.”Susan Perabo, author of The Fall of Lisa Bellow: A NovelFollow the Angels, Follow the Doves: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book OneSidney ThompsonPublication Date:March 01, 2020; U.K.: May 01, 2020Imprint: Bison BooksISBN-13: 978-1-4962-1875-9; Price: $19.95; Canadian: $29.95; UK: £15.99Features: 240 pages; 6 x 9 inches; 1 photograph, 1 mapBook descriptionFollow the Angels, Follow the Dovesis 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, he 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 Dovesis 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 Thompsonteaches creative writing and African American literature at Texas Christian University. He is the author of You/Wee: Poems from a Fatherand Sideshow: Stories. Thompson has published his short fiction in numerous literary journals and anthologies. “Fearless and unflinching, Follow the Angels, Follow the Dovesis a magnificent work of historical fiction. The characters and the times in which they lived are intenselyand beautifully realized, and every line rings with authenticity. . . . Its truths are ever so urgent.”Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World: A Novel“Sidney Thompson has the ability to pull you into the narrative and give you a glimpse of the antebellum life of a young slave destined for greatness as a lawman. . . . Highly recommended.”Art T. Burton, author of Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves“This novel, like all the best historical fiction,reminds us that the most memorable events in our history happened in specific minutes, hours, and days to individuals every bit as complicated and contradictory as you or me.”Susan Perabo, author of The Fall of Lisa Bellow: A NovelFollow the Angels, Follow the Doves: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book OneSidney ThompsonPublication Date:March 01, 2020; U.K.: May 01, 2020Imprint: Bison BooksISBN-13: 978-1-4962-1875-9; Price: $19.95; Canadian: $29.95; UK: £15.99Features: 240 pages; 6 x 9 inches; 1 photograph, 1 mapBook descriptionFollow the Angels, Follow the Dovesis 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, he 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 Dovesis 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 Thompsonteaches creative writing and African American literature at Texas Christian University. He is the author of You/Wee: Poems from a Fatherand Sideshow: Stories. Thompson has published his short fiction in numerous literary journals and anthologies.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Event address: 
300 East Scenic Deive
Pass Christian, MS 39571
Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book One Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781496218759
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Published: Bison Books - March 1st, 2020