Local authors Nancy Henderson and Ron Lowery will hold separate book signings this week.
Today, Dec. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., Lowery will sign copies of his newest book, "Tennessee River: Sparkling Gem of the South," at the Chickamauga (Ga.) Public Library, 306 Cove Road.
A photographer, Lowery uses an unusual custom-built, open-cockpit plane that allows him to capture unobstructed images. For this 144-page coffee-table book, he captured the Tennessee River, its estuaries and tributaries and the surrounding cityscapes and landscapes.
"These photographs were taken over a period of 13 years and provide a different perspective on the Tennessee River - all 652 miles of it from the river's humble origins in the Appalachian Mountains to its merger with the Ohio River in Paducah, Ky., at Mile Marker One," says Lowery.
"While there are books on the mighty Mississippi River, the Chattahoochee and Cumberland Rivers, no photo books have been done on the Tennessee River," he says. "This is a first of its kind."
Lowery's previous book, "Chasing Lewis & Clark Across America: A 21st Century Aviation Adventure," also will be available at the signing.
Henderson's latest work, "Sewing Hope," is the story of a Ugandan nun who provides hope to former captives of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army and their brutal, 20-year genocide. It details the emotional pain of young women who were abducted, raped, tortured and, in some cases, forced to murder their own family members.
As director of the Saint Monica Girls' Tailoring Centre in Gulu, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe gave the girls something they truly needed: hope.
The book and a companion documentary narrated by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker recently debuted at the Napa Valley Film Festival in northern California.
Henderson will sign copies from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. All proceeds ($20, cash or check) go to Pros for Africa, a nonprofit organization that supports the work of Sister Rosemary and other humanitarian efforts in Africa. "Sewing Hope" is also available on amazon.com.
Henderson's first book, "Able! How One Company's Extraordinary Workforce Changed the Way We Look at Disability Today," follows the story of Habitat International, a global indoor/outdoor rug manufacturer that became a corporate role model for hiring people with disabilities. She has written for Parade, Smithsonian and many other publications.