Mercer University Press Authors Luncheon spotlights several noted writers

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MACON — Mercer University Press will host its 33rd Annual Authors Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta, with book signings with a number of acclaimed authors. The event also features a luncheon with presentations from authors Patti Callahan Henry, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Richard North Patterson and Ronda Rich.

Henry is the New York Times, Globe and Mail and USA Today bestselling author of 17 novels, including her newest, The Secret Book of Flora Lea. She’s also a podcast host for her novels, Surviving Savannah and Becoming Mrs. Lewis. Henry is the recipient of The Christy Award “Book of the Year,” the Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year.

Dr. Moss, professor of homiletics in Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology, is the author of Dancing in the Darkness: Spiritual Living in Turbulent Times.He also serves as senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and is a preacher, poet, activist, author and filmmaker with an eye toward justice and equality, as evidenced through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Patterson is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Trial: A Novel, as well as The Spire, Eclipse and 13 other novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups.

Rich is the author of St. Simons Island: A Stella Bankwell Mystery. A bestselling author and syndicated columnist, she exploded on the national stage three decades ago with the wildly successful What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should). The popularity of that novel launched her as a storyteller who rivets audiences with tales of the South as seen through the eyes of its people.

The luncheon and author presentations begin at Noon.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., authors will be available to sign their works, including: 

Frederick Allen
Reckoning with Race: An Unfinished Journey

Lerita Coleman Brown
What Makes You Come Alive: A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman

Jackie K. Cooper
The Wisdom of Winter: Reflections from the Journey

Gordon Johnston
Seven Islands of the Ocmulgee: River Stories

Patrick E. Longan
Inside the Legal Profession: Conversations with Leaders of the Georgia Bench and Bar

James Davis May
Unusually Grand Ideas: Poems

William Rawlings
Crypto: A John Wesley O’Toole Novel

David Schaeffer
Letters from Sweden

Susan Beckham Zurenda
The Girl from the Red Rose Motel

Event Details

Date & Time: Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Where: InterContinental Buckhead, 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta
Admission: Mercer faculty, staff and students receive a discounted rate.
Registration: The last day to register is Thursday, Nov. 30
To purchase tickets: Visit

Proceeds from the event benefit Mercer University Press.

About Mercer University Press
Established in 1979, Mercer University Press celebrated its 30th anniversary and has published more than 1,200 books. Operated by an eight-member staff, the press publishes more than 35 books annually. The reputation of the Press significantly enhances the academic environment of the University and carries the name of Mercer throughout the world. The Press seeks and acquires manuscripts that contribute to the advancement of knowledge; publishes monographs and other texts in the humanities, primarily in history, philosophy, religion, and Southern studies; and disseminates these publications internationally to students, scholars, and libraries. The annual Authors Luncheon is a fundraiser for Mercer University Press.  For more information, visit

About Mercer University Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. With approximately 9,000 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges, on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at regional academic centers in Henry and Douglas counties, Mercer is ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the University’s School of Medicine and Colleges of Nursing, Health Professions and Pharmacy. Mercer is affiliated with five teaching hospitals – Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center and Piedmont Macon Medical Center in Macon; Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah; and Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital and St. Francis-Emory Healthcare in Columbus. The University also has an educational partnership with Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer Medicine, the clinical faculty practice of the School of Medicine, is based in Macon and operates additional clinics in Sumter, Peach, Clay, Putnam and Harris counties. Mercer is one of only 293 institutions nationwide to shelter a chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society; one of eight institutions to hold membership in the Georgia Research Alliance; and the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit