THIS & THAT|[06/15/08]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 15, 2008

From Staff Reports

Port Gibson man to perform at 61

Port Gibson lawyer Melvin McFatter, called Lonesome Mel, will perform at the Highway 61 Coffee House from 7 until 9 p.m. June 26.

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He will play favorites from his CD, “Bayou Logical” and his newest song, “The Second Battle of Port Gibson,” written in protest of the proposed widening of U.S. 61 through Port Gibson. Admission is free.

For information, call 601-638-9221.

‘Wishbones’ book-signing on tap at downtown store

Lucedale native and Zinnia resident Carolyn Haines will sign her book, “Wishbones,” at 1 p.m. July 30 at Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St.

“Wishbones” is the eighth in the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series. In the book, Sarah goes to Hollywood to star in a remake of “Body Heat.” Before filming begins, her rival Suzy Dutton is found dead in a canyon near the house Sarah has rented. Sarah then begins to delve into a series of strange events.

For information, visit or or call 601-634-8624.

Photographer with ties to city gets state award

Clinton native and photographer Talbot Easton Selby was honored Saturday as a recipient of a Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Awards.

Selby, whose photography is rooted in the South, is the son of Jean Talbot Selby, a Vicksburg native, and Barbara Neal Selby.

For his photography, titled “An Unconscious Reality,” Selby received $1,000 and a Mississippi-made art object by Banjo Moon Glass. Selby was one of seven individual literary, visual and musical artists at the awards ceremony, which celebrates the legacy of artists with Mississippi ties for works published, exhibited or performed the previous calendar year.

Selby has a bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and a master’s from Clemson University.

For the past two years, Selby has worked as an adjunct professor of photography in Nashville. He will soon begin a photography program at Coastal Carolina University. For information on his work, visit his Web site at

Audubon Society sets field trip for Saturday

A prairie wildflowers and birds field trip will be Saturday at Harrell Prairie Hill in the Bienville National Forest in Scott County.

The speaker will be Judy Shearer, a botanist at the Army Corps of Engineers Research Lab.

Those interested should meet at 8 a.m. at Cracker Barrel in Pearl. The event is free.

For information, call 601-956-7444 or e-mail