First Posted: 4/14/2009
For the third consecutive year, the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will present two nationally known authors during its Book and Author Dinner slated for May 15 at Cross Creek Country Club.
Nobel Peace Prize winning author Jerry White and best-selling author Martin Clark will both be on hand to address those attending the dinner.
White, author of I Will Not Be Broken, nearly died in 1984 in a land mine accident that claimed his leg.
That incident spurred him to lead efforts, as a co-founder of Survivor Corps, to draft and enact human rights and humanitarian laws that promote and protect rights of the more than 650 million people worldwide with disabilities.
He also has been a leading activist in working to get the worlds governments to ban land mines, for which he won the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace.
He arranged for and escorted Diana, Princess of Wales, on her last humanitarian mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and has worked with King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan to promote a mine-free Middle East.
He has published extensively and has testified to Congress and the United Nations, as well as received a number of awards including the first International UNA Humanitarian Prize from Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, the 2001 Paul G. Hearne/American Association of People with Disabilities Leadership Award, and others.
White lives in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and their four children.
Clark works as a circuit court judge in Martinsville, Va., and the counties of Henry and Patrick. Prior to that, he worked as a juvenile and domestic relations district judge and as an attorney.
His latest novel, The Legal Limit, was selected by National Public Radio as one of its Summer Reads and was featured and excerpted in the July 2008 edition of Readers Digest.
The New York Times Book Review called it a novel of ample graces, and other reviews have called it the new standard by which other works of legal fiction should be judged and the best courtroom story ever.
The novel appeared on the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance best-seller list for five consecutive weeks and spent 30 consecutive weeks on Amazons legal thriller best-seller list, reaching as high as No. 2.
The novel was named to several Best of 2008 lists, including those compiled by The Washington Post and Bookmarks Magazine.
Legal Limit was Martins third novel. The first, The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2000, a Book-of-the-Month club selection, and a finalist for the Stephen Crane First Fiction award.
It also inspired The New York Times to call Martin the thinking mans John Grisham and it called the book arguably the funniest legal thriller ever written.
His second novel, Plain Heathen Mischief, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Krikus Reviews, was chosen as a selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club, and, prior to release, appeared on Amazons and Barnes and Nobles Top 100, and was nominated for several literary awards.
Clark lives in Stuart, Va., with his wife, Deana.
Both authors will have copies of their books on hand for sale and a book signing following the program.
Tickets to the event are $75, and prepaid reservations may be made by calling Nancy Davis at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 786-4478, ext. 229, or by going online at www.northcarolinamuseum.org.