Eartha White has been compared to Mohandas Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Haile Selassie, Jane Addams, and Jesus Christ. Eartha White’s Bedroom tells the story of her best friend, Grayce Bateman, finding her dying in her bedroom on the second floor of the mission she named for her mother.
Audio tapes at the University of North Florida contain interviews with Grayce Bateman, just after Eartha White’s death in 1974, telling the story of Eartha White’s last days. Eartha White’s Bedroom is excerpted from a draft of Tim Gilmore’s upcoming book In Search of Eartha White.
What do Nick Dunkenstein, Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Baudelaire, and the Sphinx have in common?
Alley Between Bay and Forsyth (Between Nick Dunkenstein and the Newnan Street Sphinx)
It began in 1908, closed up shop in 1913. The milking bails are still there. So are partial bottles of cattle antibiotics, maybe even some earthy remnant of the sweet and sour smell of a century of milk.
I’ll be offering workshops and signing books at the 2014 Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival this weekend.
My workshops are called “Place as Character: Speaking the Haunted Landscape.”
Here’s the workshop description from the festival website:
“When Peter Ackroyd wrote his mammoth book about his native city, he called it London: The Autobiography. Often writers think of place merely in terms of setting, but capturing the personality of place means bringing it to life as a character. Every place is haunted historically and psychologically. Getting in touch with that haunting allows you to know the place intimately, not only to bring it to life in your writing, but as Ackroyd’s title suggests, to allow the place to speak through you.”
I’m following up my book on supposed Jacksonville serial killer Ottis Toole with a book on the woman who’s been called “Jacksonville’s Angel of Mercy” and “Jacksonville’s Mother Teresa.”
In Search of Eartha White: Storehouse for the People will be out in the fall of 2014.