The Drew County Historical Society will host a book signing at the Drew County Museum on October 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The featured book will be Images of America: Monticello by Mark Spencer and Mary Heady. The book is composed of 210 historical images and 18,000 words of text. The images were selected from the Drew County Archives, UAM Library, and contributions by private citizens.
The authors consider the book a public service to the city of Monticello and have arranged to donate all royalties to the Drew County Historical Society.
Mark Spencer is the author of A Haunted Love Story, a book about his historical and haunted home in Monticello, as well as three novels and two short-story collections.
His work has received the Faulkner Society Faulkner Award, the Omaha Prize for the Novel, the Cairn Short Fiction Award, the Bradshaw Book Award, and four Special Mentions in Pushcart Prize. His Monticello book reflects a life-long love of history and a fascination with the history of his local community.
Spencer is the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. “My hope is that the book will help the present generation and future generations to honor and learn from the past,” he said.
Mary Heady is the special collections and reference librarian at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Taylor Library. She uses knowledge of the history of the community every day to help the patrons at the library with their research needs. Karen Groce and Heady work together to edit the Drew County Historical Journal.
When called upon by her co-author Spencer to write this book, Heady embraced the opportunity to share the history of the community with others. “My hope is that this book will be a helpful resource for those researching the history of the community,” she said.
In addition to the book signing on October 16, the Drew County Historical Society will hold a bake sale at the Drew County Museum on Saturday, October 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.