Local Author Sidney Thompson Signs His Western, "Follow the Angels…"


Be the first to get the first book in a new historical fiction trilogy by Sidney Thompson, PhD -- "Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves."

This book is the first of a trilogy of historical novels about legendary lawman Bass Reeves. So far, no one has written a comprehensive narrative about Bass Reeves, although interest in him has been growing over the past few years and is about to burst open the floodgates. An Amazon miniseries produced by Morgan Freeman is slated for this fall, and the recent HBO Watchman series included references to Bass Reeves in the first episode.

Book One—set in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas—offers insights on how Reeves became an elite markesman who was ambidextrous with both pistol and rifle. Reeves would later become the most feared and successful lawman of the American Old West through groundbreaking undercover tactics of disguise. All the while, he mandated for himself a “shoot only in self-defense” creed (consistent with his devout Christian ethos), which has given historians reason to believe that Bass Reeves is the inspiration for the Lone Ranger. 

Sidney Thompson holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in American literature/African-American narratives from the University of North Texas. He is the author of You/Wee: Poems from a Father (2018), and Sideshow, winner of Foreword Magazine’s Silver Award for Short Story Collection of the Year (2006). His fiction, twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and now teaches creative writing at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Event date: 

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Event address: 

113 E. Bridge Street
Granbury, TX 76048
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ISBN: 9781496218759
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Published: Bison Books - March 1st, 2020