October 18, 2013 9:43:08 AM
Author and television producer Barbara Sillery of Louisiana will be in Columbus for a book signing Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center and Bookstore at 300 Main St. The writer will autograph copies her book "The Haunting of Mississippi."
Released by Pelican Publishing in 2011, the collection of stories brims with history, taking readers to more than 20 locations "the supernatural tend to frequent."
The writer's accounts stem from Native American burial grounds to Civil War locales and include a couple who are all wet, two spinsters who knock visitors off their seats, a mysterious child scampering up and down a bell tower, a river that sings and an ill-tempered ghost who sends bar glasses flying.
Sillery has worked as a field producer for "Extra," the Warner Bros. entertainment show, as well as for CBS News' "The Early Show," the Travel Channel's "Dangerous Destinations" and numerous other programs. She has served as researcher, writer and producer of award-winning programs and been honored by organizations including the New Orleans Press Club, Women in Communications and the Southern Educational Communications Association.
"I confess a certain fondness for legends, myths and folklore," Sillery writes on her website, barbarasillery.com. "As the author of 'The Haunting of Louisiana' and 'The Haunting of Mississippi,' I have acquired a reputation as 'the ghost writer.' There is an undeniable appeal for tracking clues to uncover the past. ... I never tire of attempting to unravel the mystery."
The book signing is open to the public. For more information, contact the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation, 800-920-3533.