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Local author makes visit to Dadeville library

Published 12:27pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

A local author will make his way to Dadeville Public Library Tuesday for a book signing, organized by the Friends of the Library.

Jerry Abbett will be signing copies of his book, The Covenant, which was published in 2011.

“I really enjoyed writing the book and learned a lot in the process,” Abbett said. “The story is based on an awful lot of research, and it deals with actual situations.”

The book signing will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the basement of the library.

“We’d love to have as many people represented as possible,” said Jenny Windsor, Friends of the Library president. “It’s a good way to get some Christmas presents.”

Abbett, a resident of Alexander City, is a retired Methodist minister of the North Alabama Conference. He attended seminary at the School of Theology at Emory University and graduated from Birmingham-Southern College.

Abbett said the book is at least partially drawn from his experience traveling, although he started out with a different plot.

“The next thing I knew the book had taken this particular turn,” Abbett said. “It was almost writing itself.”

Windsor said they try to have book signings as often as possible – in December they will bring Bill Brown to the library to feature his book Yellow Cat, Hendry and Me.

“We feel like it’s an opportunity for local authors to make themselves known and for our patrons to get a feel for the books that are out there – the variety,” Windsor said.

Abbett said he has gotten a lot of positive feedback about the story.

“It is classified as a religious novel, but it has fighting and killing … because it deals with very real situations,” Abbett said.

The storyline follows main characters Bradford Whitfield and his wife Nancy through a story set during the time of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and examines ideals of democratic politics and the Muslim religion in a “world of intrigue, danger, and heart-rending tragedy,” according to the book description on

“I’m looking forward to meeting the people at the Dadeville library and sharing with them about my book,” Abbett said.

For more information, call the Dadeville Public Library at 256-825-7820.