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The Hart Women by Ellen Morris Prewitt & Marisa Whitsett Baker

***Tickets are available on Eventbrite here:

***Ticket will include one handbound copy of THE HART WOMEN and admit up to two guests.

Join author Ellen Morris Prewitt and book binder Marisa Whitsett Baker as we celebrate THE HART WOMEN, a special collaboration. 

The house at 1011 St. Lawrence Street once rang with joy. Now, the porch sags, the window panes run with cracks. In one generation, the home that nurtured the wealthy Mississippi Hart family sits abandoned. Did tragedy undo the family, or did the family create its own misfortune? The story begins in 1968 Fairview, Mississippi, when Poppa Sam Hart dies…. 

With exquisite and often poignant attention, Ellen Morris Prewitt examines three generations of Mississippi Hart women and the corrupting influences that entangle the human heart. The tale of a house that bound a family together—and tore them apart—was workshopped in Richard Bausch’s Moss Group.

The Hart Women story is perfectly rendered by artist Marisa Whitsett Baker in hand-sewn special edition novels. The bookmaking uses vintage fabric, old maps, leather, burlap, and other materials to lovingly reflect the novel’s story. Each copy of the novel is unique, a work of art with a story inside.



Ellen Morris Prewitt has worked as a model, found-object artist, radio commentator, workshop facilitator, and award-winning writer, as well as her 19-year stint as a corporate lawyer. She has a non-fiction book (Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God (Paraclete Press, 2009); a short story collection (Cain’t Do Nothing with Love, whose stories have been downloaded over 50,000 times worldwide and won the CIPA EVVY Audio Book Award, 2013); a novel Tracking Happiness: A Southern Chicken Adventure, available in ebook, print book, and audio book; and she edited Writing Our Way Home: A Group Journey Out of Homelessness (Triton Press, 2014). She’s been published extensively in literary journals, where she received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, and won the Memphis Magazine Fiction contest. She has work upcoming in 2019 in Literary Orphans and Connotation Press. She was the Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon College Summer Writing Program. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis, the Arts Initiative Committee of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, and the Mission Group of the Memphis School of Servant Leadership. She was named an Upstander by Facing History and Ourselves and as Champion, Memphis and Shelby County Homeless Consortium (2015). She splits her time between Memphis and New Orleans.



Marisa Whitsett Baker is a trumpet player, expert in fountain pens and inks, portrait artist (dogs and humans), book binder, former bookseller and current book lover, dedicated introvert, and fiction writer. She works as a trained therapist and case manager providing housing and support for chronically homeless individuals with severe disabilities. She lives in Memphis with her husband, son, 2 dogs, and a cat.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
387 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN 38117