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In March of 1987 it was my privilege to come into contact with James C. Gardner, a former Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, as a result of having read a beautiful article that he had published in the Reader's Digest at that time. Mr. Gardner has also put his memoirs in a set of two volumes. We have also published his historic set of three volumes of speeches and favorite articles that he has spent a lifetime writing since even before he became Mayor of Shreveport in 1954 down to the present day. Jim's books are favorites in our Complete Ritz Book List. The first two volumes are called >Jim Gardner and Shreveport.
Having just had my first book of poetry published in January of 1987, I was at the same time networking to promote my work as a poet and to receive input on how I might grow as an author. I contacted Mr. Gardner and we exchanged work. It was a magical pivotal turning point in my growth as a human being as we have been very close friends since we met in March 1987.
In addition to the rare treat of having Jim Gardner as a special friend, he became my mentor and assisted me in the publication of my
work. Having a common bond in our shared interests he loaned me some of his books including one that gripped my attention. It was an original copy of Poems, a book authored by his great grandmother, Julia Pleasants Creswell, born in 1827. She was the grand daughter of Governor Thomas Bibb, of Alabama.
Shreveport, Louisiana 71149
Two more rare books by Julia Pleasants Creswell have been found and are now available through Ritz Publications;
The titles of those books are:
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Ritz Publications has also republished books by Sarah Ann Ellis Dorsey. Her books can be ordered through this site.
Ritz Publications was established in 2002 with the publications of 'Poems', a rare, out-of-print book written by the late Julia Pleasants-Creswell, a native of Huntsville, Alabama and a longtime resident of Shreveport, Louisiana. She was the grand daughter of Thomas Bibb, the second Governor of Alabama.
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