The Hockaday General Store and Museum will be hosting a book signing for former Roanoke Rapids resident and Northampton County native B. Lance Jenkins, author of A New Requiem Friday, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will also be a small exhibit in the museum honoring the memory of Dwight Berry.
The author wanted to pay tribute to Mr. Berry who inspired him and this novel by modeling the fictional character Dwight Kerry after him.
Light refreshments will be served.
The book follows the life of fictional character Kerry, a longtime teacher and choir director in the fictional town of Freeden.
Kerry is an openly gay man living in the rural South. On the night of his spring community chorus concert, Mozart’s Requiem, he is arrested and wrongly accused of murdering and raping a 17-year old boy, the son of a prominent family in the community.
A New Requiem addresses the prejudices often directed toward things different from social norms, with the subject in this story being a gay man, and calls for readers to reconsider their own preconceived ideas and become more understanding of things different from what they are used to.