Mountain Library Foundation Hosts Book and Author Dinner

The First Annual Book and Author Dinner, an event sponsored by the Mountain Library Foundation, will be held at 6 p.m. November 5 at the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club. The featured speaker for the function will be Carolyn Curry, author of “Suffer and Grow Strong,” the biography of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, a Georgia woman who survived the Civil War and, though she lost everything, went on to be a force for women’s suffrage in her home state.

 

Dr. Curry will be introduced by her husband, former NFL player and college coach Bill Curry. She will speak about her new book and hold a book signing after her talk.

Dr. Curry has referred to Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas as “Scarlet O’Hara with a moral compass.” She became interested in Thomas and made her the subject of her PhD dissertation, relying on Thomas’s 41-year diary and detailed scrapbooks for her source material. The biography gives an accurate and moving portrait of a woman who rose above great diversity to make a difference in the lives of others.

Tickets for the Book and Author Dinner are $50 per person and include dinner, followed by Dr. Curry’s address. Reservations are limited and may be made at the Library. Checks should be made out to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga with Mountain Library Foundation in the memo line.

The Mountain Library Foundation is an organization that supports the Signal Mountain Library. This First Annual Book and Author Dinner will kick off the Foundation’s campaign to raise funds for a renovation of the Library’s lower level. Included in the plans for the remodeling are the creation of a board room and an enhanced area to house the beautiful model ships that Frank Hill has given the Library. The footprint of the Library will not be changed, but the downstairs room will be reorganized to better serve the Library’s patrons with the addition of more electrical outlets, better lighting and new carpet.

The Library has copies of “Suffer and Grow Strong” for checkout. The book will also be for sale at the event. For more information, call the Library at 886-7323.

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