Local author visits book club

Friday, October 25, 2013

By Jessica Moore

Staff Writer

The Book Club at the Senior Citizen's Center had their third official meeting Wednesday and featured a very special guest, local author Linda Gupton. Gupton is a fourth-generation resident of Lewisburg. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and is a retired teacher. She is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She assists in organizing a week of re-enacting 1861 for girls ages 14-18, held every summer at the Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia.

While attending the book club meeting, she was dressed in clothing of the Civil War era and read aloud from her non-fiction book, "Seasons in the South," which was published this summer.

According to the synopsis on amazon.com, "A great deal has been written about the military career of Confederate General Earl Van Dorn, but his death at the hands of infuriated Dr. George B. Peters hinted spying and espionage. A baby a short time later by Jessie McKissack Peters, the young wife of a much older physician and state senator husband who had been absent for a year, came into question. The fascinating families left to cope with the situations include servants who were taught trades that allowed them to rebuild the area. Descendants became the first blacks to receive architectural licenses."

All of the book club members were at the edge of their seats during Gupton's reading, so much so that nearly everyone purchased the book before she left. Gupton was very interactive with the group, answering questions and sharing stories.

During November and December, the book club will be reading two books. The first, "The Banker's Greed," is also by a local author, T. Randy Stephens, who will be speaking to the group during the next meeting in January.

The second book being read is "The Source," by James A. Michener, which will be discussed during February's meeting. The book club will be meeting the fourth Wednesday of every month with the exception of November and December due to the holidays.