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Meet the Author: Eric F. James

  • McQuixote Books & Coffee Portland Ave Louisville, KY United States (map)

We are excited to host Eric F. James, author of Jesse James Soul Liberty, an authorized historical biography of the family of Frank & Jesse James, drawn from primary family sources. Eric will lead a talk on the book and doing a signing afterwards. Join us for a coffee and a night with an engaging storyteller speaking on this notorious American icon and his family.

Think you know Jesse James? Wait until you meet his family.
Rooted in the struggle of the Jesse James family to outrun the stigma of an outlaw reputation, Soul Liberty is the saga of a family destroyed by silence and torn apart by self- inflicted anonymity.
Drawing upon long hidden letters, memoirs, and personal interviews, author Eric F. James
recaptures the family who turned on its own.
In this epic pageant of personalities and events, the core behavior, character, and soul of the James family emerges – the selfsame character and soul of their outlaws that has eluded historians for more than a century.
Jesse James Soul Liberty reveals the James family in all of their paradoxical identity:
• As rebel preachers of Colonial Virginia in the War of the Revolution
• As sharpshooting defenders of faith and freedom on the Kentucky frontier
• As politicians of an emerging nation
• As millionaire merchants of the American heartland
• As cultural combatants and feminist challengers to the politics of the status quo
The James are community builders, preachers, politicians, financiers, educators, writers, and poets. Equally, they are pariahs, outcasts, and outlaws.
Jesse James Soul Liberty extracts the compelling powers possessed by the James family. Their compulsive force for personal freedom, with religious and political liberty, ever
fronts the endemic ability of the James to confound expectation.
As the Jesse James family uncovers the history lost to them, they finally answer the question no one else can. Why does Jesse James endure as a cultural American icon?

ERIC F. JAMES co-founded the James Preservation Trust with Judge James R. Ross, Jesse’s great grandson.
Eric also is the archivist of the Joan Beamis Research Archive that produced the first genealogy of the Jesse James family, Background of a Bandit, published by the Kentucky Historical Society.
Recently, Eric supervised the exhumation of Jesse’s twin children, Gould & Montgomery James, reuniting them with their parents per the wishes of their mother, Zee Mimms-James.
Since 1997, Eric writes & publishes the official web site for the Jesse James family, Stray Leaves and the family blog, Leaves of Gas.

Earlier Event: November 15
Meet the Author: Misty Baker
Later Event: December 5
Evening with the Bone Man