October 31, 2009 10:01:00 PM
Bryan Public Library in West Point will host author Neil White Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Luncheon With Books. The noon luncheon is $6 at the library located at 338 Commerce St.
White has been a newspaper editor, magazine publisher, advertising executive and federal prisoner. He lives in Oxford, where he operates a small publishing company, writes plays and essays and teaches memoir writing.
His memoir, "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts" (Morrow/HarperCollins), about the year he lived with the last victims of leprosy in the continental United States, was released in June 2009.
The book was described by Publisher''s Weekly as "Brisk, ironic, perceptive. ... White''s introspective memoir puts a magnifying glass to a flawed life, revealing that all of life is to be savored and respected."
Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler added, "At once surreal and grittily naturalistic, funny and poignant, White''s tale is fascinating and full of universal resonance."
The book was an Indie NEXT Great Reads Selection and has spent 17 weeks on the Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance Bestseller List; Barnes & Noble selected it for its Fall "Discover Great New Writers" program.
For more information, contact the library at 662-494-4872.