Join us for The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655). FREE admission.
Guests: Author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (“The Revisioners”), R&B saxophonist Casey Lipe and the Scavengers plus Memphis gospel singer, Elizabeth King
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Radio: WUMS 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Following her National Book Award– nominated debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton returns with her new novel, The Revisioners (Counterpoint LLC). This is an elegant and historically-inspired story of survivors and healers, of black women and their black sons, set in the American South.
In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine’s family.
Nearly one hundred years later, Josephine’s descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother, Martha, a wealthy but lonely woman who pays her grandchild to be her companion. But Martha’s behavior soon becomes erratic, then even threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine’s converge.
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton was born and raised in New Orleans. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, and won the Crook’s Corner Book Prize. The novel also won the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Sexton lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
The Scavengers are a jazz-funk band conceived by Mississippi saxophonist, Casey Lipe. Members include Sam Brady (keyboards), Tony Bain (guitar), Michael Vaughn, (bass), and Larry Gooch, (drums).
A professional musician for over 40 years, Casey Lipe is a graduate of the Ole Miss School of Music and is a member of the Ole Miss Jazz Hall of Fame. Over his long career he has performed from New York to New Orleans.
His CDs include Down the River and The Scavengers.
Elizabeth King began singing with Memphis gospel group, the Gospel Souls, in 1969 and sang with them for 33 years. One of their albums has recently been reissued, Elizabeth King and the Gospel Souls – The D-Vine Spirituals (Bible and Tire) which includes the King original, “I Heard the Voice.” The song was inspired by a near fatal car accident the singer survived.
King went on to raise 15 children and still sings in church and can be heard most Saturday mornings at 10 am on WMQM- AM in Memphis.