Yesterday (Saturday) I had the privilege of sharing a wonderful book at an event in the Friendship AME Church up in Pinewood. The gathering: an author talk with Sally H. Jacobs about the August 15th release of Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson. Several of Althea’s family and family friends were even on hand, and what ensued was an illuminating discussion about a true American champion, damn near overlooked by history.
That’s yet another super-power of a great book, isn’t it? Jacobs’s spotlight on Althea will lead to more recognition of the woman who won 11 (yes, 11!) grand slams in just two and a half years. Hint: It took the Williams sisters longer, and Althea didn’t have custom equipment or endorsements or, in some cases, couldn’t even enter the tournament through the front door.
But now, she’s getting a rebirth. In fact, there’s talk that Althea’s likeness will soon be on the American quarter… y’all heard it here first 🙂
I’m telling you this because you need to meet her, too, and TODAY Sally Jacobs will be at the Timrod Library at 2 p.m. If you haven’t reserved a spot yet, there’s still some available. This book isn’t just interesting, it’s important. Your ticket includes a signed copy. And, member tix are less than the cover price of the book, so it’s a great deal AND includes the author talk and reception! Hope to see y’all there…
Meanwhile, here’s more of what’s coming up at Main Street Reads, including all of September’s book club dates and picks. As always, we look forward to seeing you on Main Street!