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Sidney Thompson: Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves

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About the book:

Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves is an origin story in the true American tradition. Before Bass Reeves could stake his claim as the most successful nineteenth-century American lawman, arresting more outlaws than any other deputy during his thirty-two-year career as a deputy U.S. marshal in some of the most dangerous regions of the Wild West, he was a slave.

After a childhood picking cotton, he became an expert marksman under his master's tutelage, winning shooting contests throughout the region. His skill had serious implications, however, as the Civil War broke out. Reeves was given to his master's mercurial, sadistic, Moby-Dick-quoting son in the hopes that Reeves would keep him safe in battle. The ensuing humiliation, love, heroics, war, mind games, and fear solidified Reeves's determination to gain his freedom and drew him one step further on his fated path to an illustrious career.

Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves is an important historical work that places Reeves in the pantheon of American heroes and a thrilling historical novel that narrates a great man's exploits amid the near-mythic world of the nineteenth-century frontier.


About the author:

Sidney Thompson was born in Memphis and graduated from University of Memphis with B.A. in English/Creative Writing. He was a staff writer and editor for The Daily Helmsman and an assistant editor for the Memphis State Review/River City (The Pinch). He also taught at Christian Brothers University for three years. Thompson received the 2018 Frederick Manfred Award for Creative Writing from the Western Literature Association for an excerpt of Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves​, which was read at the conference.

Event date: 
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
387 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN 38117