Owens and Rogers wow Apalachicola audience

Harry Owens,  William Warren Rogers

Profs. Harry Owens, left, and William Warren Rogers chat at Friday night’s party at the library for guest authors.

Published: Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM.

Scores of book lovers flocked to Apalachicola Saturday to meet with up-and-coming authors and celebrate the new release of a historical study of antebellum Apalachicola.

On the sunny Saturday, the Fort Coombs Armory was alight with a different kind of radiance, the glow of nimble and creative minds and pens.

About 40 authors gathered to share the fruit of their quills and word processors. Dale Julian, owner of Downtown Books in Apalachicola, facilitated the sale of books for the visiting authors, and called the day a great success.

 “You deserve a great big pat on the back for what was by any measure a successful event,” Julian wrote to Apalachicola librarian Caty Greene, who organized the third annual “Authors in Apalach” event. “Despite the usual glitches, it looked pretty seamless from the user end.”

Julian said she sold 150 books, including 52 copies of “Apalachicola Before 1861.” for a total of just over $2,500. Of these sales, she said all but $100 went back out to the authors and to the library.

“These figures do not include books sold by individual authors at their tables,” Julian wrote.

A new edition of “Apalachicola Before 1861,” the 1966 doctoral dissertation by retired Ole Miss history professor Harry P. Owens, has been published by the Apalachicola Municipal Library under the guidance of Greene with help from editor and retired journalist Sue Cronkite.

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