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Brandon resident and Mississippi State University graduate John M. Floyd will sign copies of his latest mystery/suspense short story collection, Clockwork (Dogwood Press, 2010), at The Book Mart today at 3:30 p.m.
First-edition, signed copies will be available for $24.95 plus tax. Floyd, who won the 2007 Derringer Award for his short story, â€śFour For Dinnerâ€ť (Seven by Seven, Wolfmont Press, 2006), has been praised by bestselling Mississippi author Nevada Barr, who said, â€śIf John Floyd were dead, he would be known as one of the preeminent short story writers of the 21st century. Fortunately for us, heâ€™s alive and his mind is full of stories.â€ť
Chicago-based Marcus Sakey, the author of The Blade Itself and The Amateurs, said, â€śWhether making you laugh or making you catch your breath, John Floyd is clearly the man in charge, and Clockwork is terrific.â€ť Jackson native Bill Fitzhugh, the author of Pest Control and The Organ Grinders, said of Clockwork, â€śJohn Floyd has assembled a clever, entertaining, and sure-handed collection of short stories.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m mighty excited about the book, which is a batch of forty mystery/suspense stories,â€ť Floyd said. His first two collections, Rainbowâ€™s End and Midnight, were also published by Dogwood Press. â€śThere are police procedurals, nostalgia, westerns, humor, and more. Just about every story has a little twist at the end. Thatâ€™s one of the things I love about writing short fiction.â€ť
Â Floyd, a former Air Force captain, worked for IBM Corp. for 30 years. He began writing professionally in 1994 and has published over 900 stories and features in widely-read publications like Womanâ€™s World and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. He teaches creative writing at Millsaps Collegeâ€™s Enrichment Program in Jackson. He and his wife Carolyn have three grown children and five grandchildren and have lived in Brandon since 1974.Â
Â â€śJohn is a fantastic writer and an even better person,â€ť said Joe Lee, owner of Dogwood Press and the author of the suspense thriller, The Magnolia Triangle (Dogwood Press, 2009). â€śIf youâ€™ve never read short stories, this is a chance for you to meet a true master of the genre.â€ť
Â Admission is free. The Book Mart is located at 120 East Main St. To reserve signed copies of Clockwork or any of Floydâ€™s books, call 323-2844.
Visit http://www.dogwoodpress.com/ for more about all Dogwood Press titles.