This will be Phillips’ second appearance at READ Alabama. Her first was after the release of her first book, “The Well and the Mine,” which was a work of fiction based in Carbon Hill.
“Come in and Cover Me” focuses on a young archeologist, Ren, who is often visited by the ghost of her brother, killed a quarter of a century earlier. Her brother isn’t the only ghost Ren communicates with as her archeological digs turn up cultures and stories long forgotten. A dig guided by the ghostly spirits of two Mimbres women teach Ren about herself as well as their lost history.
In addition to the ghostly companionship, Ren also becomes enamored by veteran archeologist Silas Cooper on the Mimbres dig, giving rise to the book being considered a romance, in addition to poignant and informational.
Phillips has worked as a freelance magazine writer for almost 10 years and lives in Birmingham with her husband, stepchildren and dog.
READ Alabama is free and open to the public. Refreshments begin at 3:30 p.m. and the program begins at 4 p.m. in Mathews Lecture Hall in the Harold Wade Math and Science Building on the Jasper campus of Bevill State Community College.
There will also be an opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by Phillips.
READ Alabama will continue on Feb. 26 with Phillip Norris, author of “Family Gram: Memoirs of an American Cold War Submariner” and finish the season on March 12 with Skip Tucker, author of “Pale Blue Light.”
The program is a partnership between Bevill State Community College, the Walker College Foundation, Alabama Power Company, The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and the Walker County Arts Alliance.