20th READ Alabama series kicks off Tuesday afternoon
by Rachel Davis
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The 20th Annual READ Alabama kicks off Tuesday with Kimberly Conn, author of Buying the Farm.
The 20th Annual READ Alabama kicks off Tuesday with Kimberly Conn, author of Buying the Farm.
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The 20th Annual READ Alabama kicks off Tuesday with Kimberly Conn, author of Buying the Farm.

Conn was born in Mississipi and raised near Washington D.C. before moving to Birmingham in 2004. She and her husband have two young children.

Her children also inspired Conn to self publish her first novel in late 2012. Writing letters and submitting her work to publishers had become a full-time job for the mother, who eventually decided to venture into the world of self-publishing and never looked back.

“It has ended up being a good decision for me,” Conn said. “It allowed me to get my book out there.”

She will talk about her experience and offer some pointers to others thinking about taking that step, as well as discussing the writing and creative process.

Buying the Farm is set in fictional Pritchard, Miss. and revolves around city girl Missi Jennings’ journey through her family’s secrets in rural Mississippi. After an accident, the main character finds herself confronted with long-held secrets from a family she never knew existed. As Jennings finds her way through the secrets and the importance of family, the reader lives the gains and losses through Conn’s vivid detail. The story rests on the colorful Southern characters and intriguing plot twists that already have online reviewers begging for a sequel.

As always, READ Alabama is free and open to the public. Refreshments begin at 3:30 p.m. and the program begins at 4 p.m. in Mathews Lecture Hall in the Harold Wade Math and Science Building on the Jasper Campus of Bevill State Community College.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by Conn.

“I feel so privileged to be involved and I am so looking forward to it,” Conn said.

READ Alabama will continue on Feb. 12 with Gin Phillips, Feb. 26 with Phillip Norris and finish the season on March 12 with Skip Tucker.

It is a partnership between Bevill State Community College, the Walker College Foundation, Alabama Power Company, The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and the Walker County Arts Alliance.