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New York Times bestselling author at Selma Dallas County Library

Updated: 4 days ago

By Lew Gilliland

By James Jones

The Selma Times-Journal

Sunday, Sept 12, 2021

Imagine you’re on a sinking ship. You have 45 minutes to save yourself and your family. There are four lifeboats, but only two of them work.

What would you do? Also, how would surviving such an experience change you?

Those are issues New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry explores in her book “Surviving Savannah,” which she discussed during her appearance at the Selma Dallas County Public Library on Thursday.

Her appearance, her third here, marked the kickoff of the Lunch at the Library Fall 2021 series. The series had to be canceled last year due to the pandemic. Thursday’s luncheon drew about 40 people.

“The first word that comes to my mind right now is welcome, welcome, welcome back,” said library Director Becky Nichols. “It has been a long 18 months.

“Everybody brings their own stories today of what these long 18 months have been about, and those stories become our stories.”

Patti Callahan is a best-selling author of 16 novels and the host of the weekly Friends and Fiction w