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Nationally Renowned Counterterrorism Expert is Bookstock 2013 Keynote Speaker

By: Marcey Evans-Wright


Nationally renowned counterterrorism expert and author Philip Mudd is the Library's Bookstock 2013 keynote speaker!Click here to find out which other local authors are coming to Bookstock 2013!

Bookstock Jr. is especially for kids! Click here to learn more!

Library customers to Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) will enjoy a firsthand account of America’s history from nationally renowned author and counterterrorism expert John Philip Mudd, who will be this year’s keynote speaker.

With a career in government stretching from 1985 to 2005, Mudd has been on the frontlines of America’s fight against terrorism through his roles with the Central Intelligence Agency. He started as an analyst specializing in South Asia and then the Middle East before eventually climbing to second-in-charge as deputy director of counterterrorism analysis in the Counterterrorist Center. Mudd later served as senior intelligence advisor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation through 2010, when he retired from government service as a notable contributor to our nation’s security and a recipient of numerous CIA awards. Currently, he is director of Global Risk at SouthernSun Asset Management in Memphis, Tennessee and sits on the advisory board of the National Counterterrorism Center and the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group.

At Bookstock 2013, Mudd will discuss his recently published book Take Down: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda. Through his book and his Bookstock presentation, customers will experience the aftermath of 9/11, the years of threat, along with the intelligence that help to combat it.

“Americans are very interested in issues relating to national security and counterterrorism,” said Wang-Ying Glasgow, adult services coordinator and event organizer. “To have an author with an insider’s account is very exciting and relevant.”

Customers will meet and greet 40 other local authors with newly-published books while enjoying a festive environment with food trucks, live music, cooking demonstrations, and much more! Glasgow said, “Readers can come and discover new authors, be inspired, entertained, and informed. Each author has a compelling story to share.”

In addition to promoting and selling their work, Glasgow said local authors will benefit from the camaraderie that Bookstock will offer. “Whether it is by creative imagination of a fiction writer or a realistic account of a nonfiction writer, authors love to listen to their peers, exchange ideas, and share stories of their creative processes. Everyone – come and enjoy the festival!” she concluded.

For more information about Bookstock 2013, call (901) 415-2709 or visit www.memphislibrary.org.

For more information about Bookstock Jr., the youthful component of Bookstock especially for kids, click here or call (901) 415-2739.

Click here to find out which other local authors are coming to Bookstock 2013!


Licensed Legal Professionals Offer FREE Legal Advice at Central Library

By: Marcey Evans

FREE legal advice is available at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue)! Library customers can talk one on one with Tennessee-licensed attorneys, paralegals, and other legal experts from the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, and Memphis Paralegal Association.

Citizens can get FREE answers to their legal questions at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center's FREE SATURDAY LEGAL CLINICS!

“The service is free,” noted Jessie Marshall, Business & Sciences Department manager and Legal Clinic coordinator. “In some cases, problems can be solved on the spot. In more complex cases, clients will receive advice on how to straighten out troubling issues. Sometimes attorneys will agree to represent the person at no charge, although this meeting does not guarantee that the attorney will represent the person in court,” Marshall explained.

Legal Clinics, which occur the second Saturday of each month at Central Library, are open to the general public and are designed to address customers’ specific needs. The most frequently asked questions are about debt issues and bankruptcy, child custody and child support, divorce, landlord and tenant issues, employment law, and disputes with neighbors. These completely confidential sessions are “worth the time and effort,” Marshall said.

Only one Free Saturday Legal Clinic remains for 2013. It is scheduled for December 14, 10 am – 12:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue).

Attendees do not have to be Memphis residents or Library card holders, and Marshall said customers generally leave the Legal Clinics very glad that they came. “Many clients exit saying they feel relieved after coming,” she said.

“I received great (legal) advice and learned about resources pertaining to my issue. It surpassed my expectations,” expressed one legal clinic attendee. “The attorneys who helped us were excellent. This was a godsend. Thank you!” echoed another.

Marshall said legal professionals’ primary motive at the Legal Clinic is to help citizens free of charge. “Attorneys volunteer their time and knowledge each month in an effort to give back to the community, in return to for the privilege of holding a law license in Tennessee,” she said. “Hiring an attorney is very costly, so there is a tremendous need for free legal services in Memphis,” Marshall noted. “Free Saturday Legal Clinics meets that need!”

For more information about the Memphis Public Library & Information Center’s Free Saturday Legal Clinics, call (901) 415-2734 or visit www.memphislibrary.org.

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