Perry will hold a book signing and reception on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 2-4 pm at the Arna Bontemps African American Museum, located at 1327 3rd Street in Alexandria. Admission is free, and the public is invited.
Her previous book signing at Hastings in Alexandria brought readers from across the state and as far west as Dallas, TX. According to Hastings personnel, “The only time we have had this many people for a book signing was when Mike Huckabee was here during his Presidential candidacy.” Perry had her own following of supporters who were present not only in support of her literary work but also in celebration of her life.
She comes to Alexandria from New Orleans, where her career spanned 44 years as teacher and administrator between both the Orleans and Rapides Parish School systems. Just prior to her retirement from the latter, Perry suffered an abdominal aneurism that left her in the ICU on life support for more than two months. Statistics show that only 5% of patients survive this type of aneurism. Remaining with her throughout this traumatic experience were her husband of nearly 50 years, their two children, and her pastor, Rev. Solomon Shorter, praying, agonizing, and holding on to all hope that she would survive.
Perry chronicles the events leading up to and following her fatal attack in her “miracle” book. She gives press to her daughter, Kimberly Cole, to document the day-by-day accounts, as she was unconscious during her hospitalization. Subsequent to her complete healing, Perry wrote the book in its entirety based upon hers and her daughter’s recollection of events.
For more information, please contact Dessie S. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318.277.4655.