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I wish to bring you up to speed on what is
happening with my book, "The Last Witness From A Dirt Road.".
On April 18, I arrived in Bunkie and my brother, Mickey, from Baton
Rouge, met me at the Bailey Hotel.
In the book, his name was Papa, but his real name is David Reed,
who today is 65 years old, but in 1946 he was a friend of Billy's on
Shirley Plantation, where we lived. Ten days before I went to Bunkie,
Papa called me on a Saturday night, and surprising me with, "Billy, this
is Papa." I had not seen him nor heard his voice in 53 years.
Continuing, he told me on the phone that he was almost half way through
my book, and "I even cried two times."
Well, the next morning in Bunkie, Mickey and I met Papa and had
breakfast with him...that was Wednesday. At noon, I spoke to the Bunkie
Rotary Club, which was a very nice gathering. On Wednesday
afternoon, I did a book reading at the Bailey House, a retirement center
in Bunkie. Most of that age group remembered Shirley Plantation and the
1940s and 50s very well, which made the book reading a very big success
for them and of course for me.
On Thursday at noon, Papa had arranged for the
black and white kids who grew up on Shirley Plantation, to meet under
the oak trees in the front yard where the "Big House" once stood.
Possibly seven (7) met, and now, we're in our 60s and 70s, along with a
few who came to the picnic because of their interest in the book and
the stories. Papa had also arranged for KALB TV, channel 5 in
Alexandria, to film the picnic, which they did, and the story was on the
6 PM and the 10 PM news on Thursday, April 20th. I have a copy of the
On Thursday night, I did a book reading at the Bailey Hotel, and
three of the African Americans who grew up on Shirley Plantation came at
that time, due to their work, they were unable to come at noon to the
picnic. We had around 18 to come to that book reading. On Friday at
four-thirty, I did another book reading to the classes of 1955, 56 and
57 who were gathering in reunion at the Bailey Hotel. That was very
successful and fun, as they too, remembered Shirley Plantation and
Bunkie very vividly from the 1950s. During this 3 day period, Steele's
Florist, City Drug Store and the Bailey Hotel sold a number of my
books. I checked last Friday with City Drug Store and they told me that
they were still selling well.
The day before I left to go to Bunkie, Boys and Girls Club of America
advised me that they were going to Bunkie to evaluate it's potential for
a club, during the following week. As of this moment, I have not heard
from them, but I'm quite sure that eventually a club will thrive in
Bunkie and I certainly hope so. As you well know, all of my proceeds
from the sale of my book will be donated to build a club there. On
June 22, I will have a book reading in Alexandria, hopefully two
readings, and that should be a successful venue for book sales.
With all of this being said, and along with the good news of the
ethanol plant which will employ approximately 200 people, a Boys and
Girls Club of Bunkie, also sounds good. To help things along, I would
appreciate your advising Bunkiens around the world, that to order a copy
of "The Last Witness From A Dirt Road" from Amazon.com would work well
to help Bunkie, their little home town, move forward in a good and
positive way. Thank you.
I send my best to you. Bill Hunt "