Special Event: Local Author Andra Watkins Returns to CCPL

Book cover of Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez TraceWe’re happy to announce that local author Andra Watkins will return to the Main Library on March 19th at 6 p.m. to talk about her new book, Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace. The Huffington Post calls her book “one literary ride you do not want to miss.”

Can an epic adventure succeed without a hero? Last spring, Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day. For thirty-four days.

After striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father. And his gas. The sleep apnea machine and self-scratching. Sharing a bathroom with a man whose gut obliterated his aim.

andra watkins headshotAs Andra trudged America’s forgotten highway, she lost herself in despair and pain. Nothing happened according to plan, and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. Through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late. In Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Watkins invites readers to join her dysfunctional family adventure in a humorous and heartbreaking memoir that asks if one can really turn I wish I had into I’m glad I did.

Copies of the book will be for sale, and part of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library. For more information, contact us at askaquestion@ccpl.org or call 843-805-6930.

When: Thursday, March 19th at 6 p.m.

Where: Charleston County Public Library – Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street

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