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Three authors signing books Friday downtown

Two more authors

Authors P.J. Simms Maddox and Warren L. Bingham will also sign books at South Main Book Co. on Friday, Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m.

Simms-Maddox, a political science professor at Livingstone College, is the author of “Priscilla: Engaging in the Game of Politics,” the first in a trilogy and her debut as a fiction writer.

Priscilla is a bright young woman who is heavily influenced by her father, a minister and politician. She gets mixed up in a political scandal, forming the basis for books two and three. Along the way she reflects on how she has been treated as a woman and an African American.

Simms-Maddox graduated from Livingstone College and has worked at Hood Theological Seminary and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Her inspiration for the series was a dream she had about her father giving her advice. Her website is www.mjsimmsmaddoxinc.com. Her book was featured in the Salisbury Post in June: http://www.salisburypost.com/2016/06/26/simms-maddox-begins-a-trilogy-priscilla-with-political-flair/

Bingham is the author of book that should be of interest to local residents, as he traces “George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour.” He starts in Philadelphia and ends in Georgia, with a stop, where else? Salisbury.

This is an Aracdia Publishing book through the History Press, and contains maps, some black and white photos and bibliography. With the new Washington sculpture in front of Rowan Museum, this seems an appropriate time to delve into a little history.

Washington’s focus on the long tour was Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia. He endured rugged roads and dangerous water crossings. Each community he visited had prepared some sort of celebration — teas, dinners, parades and dances.

Bingham is a writer, speaker and broadcaster with an interest in Southern history. He’s a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. He lives in North Carolina. The paperback is $21.99.

By Deirdre Parker Smith


The cover and title are intriguing — “The Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek,” showing an embellished cane near a creek. The foreground is in color, the background in black and white.

And the author’s name, Jackson Badgenoone, is another mystery.

Vincent James Vezza uses that as his pen name for a concept novel of historical fiction. The name is pronounced Badge-no-one, and Jackson is a Neverborn, a child who died in a miscarriage. She can observe the history of a family — in this case, Vezza’s family, loosely — through time, and it’s her job to tell the story.

And that’s just the beginning of the many ideas Vezza presents in what he calls “historical fiction based on true life events and true family members.”

The book is complex enough that friends have told him they’ve read it three times to understand everything that’s going on.

“I think it appeals to historians, history teachers,” Vezza says from his home in Mount Pleasant. “I’m not sure how the general public will feel about it …”

It’s a life’s work for Vezza, who is using stories he wrote decades ago and held on to.

It begins as an aging man looks into a creek behind his home and thinks he’s found gold. But it’s a bayonet, and that character spends a year studying what the bayonet is and what it means.

It belonged, he discovers, to a Hessian soldier who abandoned it and the British during the Revolutionary War.

That soldier becomes a farmer, who is friends with the man who finds what is now Reed Gold Mine.

And here is where Jackson Badgenoone comes in. She’s the Neverborn daughter of a soldier and a Native American. She chronicles the lives of people named Jackson, like Andrew Jackson and Stonewall Jackson.

She tells the story of 10 main characters from the Revolution to modern day, including James, who finds the bayonet.

She writes of the family experience in World Wars I and II, of artifacts and generations. The 10 characters are a way to highlight history as seen through the eyes of ordinary people, based on true life stories.

Vezza says the book has a spiritual element, as well. Near the end, “where old man is in his den, he glimpses the future and his grandchildren are now grown and have children of their own. … A light comes through the window, and shines on a Bible … on Isaiah 45:3, “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

Vezza once wanted to be history teacher, but didn’t get to finish school. He had jobs that involved conflict and competition. That’s part of his story. He was consumed by his career and providing for his family, and started writing while recovering from a hip replacement.

He’s now working on the 10 books for those 10 characters, and asks readers on his website, www.hiddentreasurenovels.com, what they want to see next.

He is producing an heirloom edition, that will be a multimedia experience, with photos, video and more.

He will discuss his work and sign books on Friday, Oct. 7, at South Main Book Co., 110 S. Main St., 6:30-8 p.m., along with authors Dr. P.J. Simms-Maddox and Warren L. Bingham.


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