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By ANGIE CARNATHAN
Neil White will sign his two new coffee table books, āMississippiās 100 Greatest Football Players of All Timeā and āMississippians IIā this afternoon from 3-5 p.m. at the Book Mart & Cafe on Main St.
Book Mart owner Carolyn Abadie said the store originally discovered the author over a year ago after writing a memoir, āIn the Sanctuary of Outcasts,ā and is proud to see him become a successful publisher. Abadie said she is thrilled to feature Whiteās newest offerings.
āHis coffee table books are gorgeous,ā Abadie said. āThey really shine the light on folks from Mississippi.ā
āMississippiās 100 Greatest Football Players of All Timeā is a 160-page, oversized photo book which ranks Mississippiās greatest football players from Nos. 100-1.
āNo other state compares to Mississippi when it comes to football,ā Creative Director and Publisher Neil White said. āCompiling this list was not only great fun, it was mind-boggling to see how many all-pros, all-Americans and hall of famers this state has produced.ā
The book has already received acclaim for its extraordinary action photos of each of the players. It also features an account of individual accomplishments and records. Additional lists are also included, such as every Mississippian in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Conerly Trophy Winners and the editorsā choices for the all-time Mississippi offense and defense.
White said more than 800 former Mississippi players were considered for the rankings.
āWe know some folks will disagree with our ranking,ā White said. āWe welcome feedback and discussion. Our methodology is thoroughly outlined in the introduction to the book, and our website has a feature where fans can submit their own top-players list.ā
Whiteās other book, āMississippians II,ā is a 416-page second edition that has been updated and revised. It features over 150 new famous, notable, extraordinary and little-known Mississippians, as well as over 300 new photographs.
The book opens with two-page photographic spreads of Mississippiās greatest icons, such as Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, William Faulkner, B.B. King, Jim Henson and Archie Manning.
āMississippians IIā pays homage to Mississippians in categories such as movies, television and stage, sports, music, writing and literature, visual artists, innovators and visionaries, entrepreneurs, journalists, social reformers, little-known Mississippians, people to watch and colorful characters.
āāMississippians IIā is a tribute to the extraordinary talent that has sprung from this state,ā White said. āI challenge anyone to point to another state with so many talented entertainers, athletes, writers and entrepreneurs.ā
āMississippiās 100 Greatest Football Players of All Timeā retails for $45 and āMississippians IIā retails for $49. The book is available at bookstores across the state, including the Book Mart & Cafe, or online at http://www.Mississippians.com.
Abadie said she hopes everyone will take this great opportunity to come out and have one or both of these beautiful books signed by the author.
āI just think theyāll make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves football, the state of Mississippi or both,ā Abadie said. āYou can get your books, get them signed and then weāll even wrap them for you for free.ā
For more information about the books, contact Neil White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-513-0159.