On Saturday, June 13, 2009, I'll be at the James Farm in Kearney, Missouri to talk about my modest contribution to the literature of the family whose principals need no introduction.
At 9 a.m., I'll talk about how I found the story of Dr. Zeo Zoe Wilkins and Jesse James Jr., sign books, and present my research for donation. The boxes of materials I collected to write The Love Pirate and the Bandit's Son will go to the Milton F. Perry Library there at the James Farm (now owned by Clay County).
There is an entire day of events planned for Saturday as it's the annual reunion of the Friends of the James Farm. On the intinerary, besides my book from 9 to 11, are:
11:30 Memorial Ceremony
12 noon The "Jesse James Was My Neighbor" Tour of historic sites connected to the family, with lunch at the New Hope Church
4:00 Annual Friends Meeting
5:00 Writers Contest and Awards
7:00 The Cole Younger & Frank James Wild West Show
At some point in the day I'm hoping to steal over to the Trysting Place, 2425 Park Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, and sashay through the lobby of the Muehlebach Hotel. Whether I get around to these side trips or not, Saturday promises quite an extravaganza for students of the James Gang, and I'm looking forward to a day of interesting conversations. I'll try to remember to take plenty of photos to share.