To Be Read: Jeffrey Blount

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Jeffrey Blount's latest work, Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way, is a story about failure, self-discovery, empowerment, and the possibility of redemption and includes themes of activism, speaking out on poverty, inequities in housing, education, healthcare, and justice. A self-identified failure is forced to uncover the wisdom of his past in order to recognize that money can’t solve every problem. Full of never-ending twists and turns, no one can prepare themselves for the surprises in store. 

Presented by A Likely Story Bookstore and Carroll County Public Library. A book talk will be followed by a book signing with books available for purchase. 

About the Author

Jeffrey Blount is the award-winning author of three novels — Almost Snow White, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Awards. Hating Heidi Foster, winner of the 2013 Readers Favorite Book Award for young adult literature. The Emancipation of Evan Walls, winner of the 2020 National Indie Excellence Award for African American fiction, winner of the 2019 Readers Favorite Book Award,  winner of the 2019 American Bookfest Best Book Award, and a Shelf Unbound 2019 Notable Book. He is also an Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. During a 34-year career at NBC News, Jeffrey directed a decade of Meet The Press, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and major special events. Jeffrey has also contributed to HuffPost and has been published in The Washington Post, The, and other publications, commenting on issues of race, social justice, and writing.