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MSU alumnus visits area with new book


Special to The Dispatch



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 Hamilton Public Library Thursday at 1 p.m. He''ll also visit The Book Mart in Starkville that afternoon at 3:30 p.m. First-edition, signed copies will be available at both locations for $24.95 plus tax. 


Floyd, who won the 2007 Derringer Award for his short story, "Four For Dinner" (Seven by Seven, Wolfmont Press, 2006), has been praised by bestselling Mississippi author Nevada Barr, who said, "If John Floyd were dead, he would be known as one of the preeminent short story writers of the 21st century. Fortunately for us, he''s alive and his mind is full of stories." 


"I''m mighty excited about the book, which is a batch of 40 mystery/suspense stories," Floyd said. His first two collections, "Rainbow''s End" and "Midnight," were also published by Dogwood Press. "There are police procedurals, nostalgia, westerns, humor and more. Just about every story has a little twist at the end. That''s one of the things I love about writing short fiction." 


Floyd, a former Air Force captain, worked for IBM Corporation for 30 years. He began writing professionally in 1994 and has published more than 900 stories and features. He teaches creative writing at Millsaps College''s Enrichment Program in Jackson. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three grown children and five grandchildren and have lived in Brandon since 1974.  


Admission is free. The Book Mart is located at 120 E. Main St. in Starkville. To reserve signed copies of any of Floyd''s books, call 662-323-2844. The Hamilton Public Library is located on Highway 45. To reserve signed copies, call 662-343-8962.



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