Virginia Author To Visit Scene of 1926 Killing In Downtown Fort Worth, Texas

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David Stokes has written about it in a new book being released June 1, 2010: "APPARENT DANGER--The Pastor of America's First Megachurch and the Texas Murder Trial of the Decade in the 1920s"

David Stokes brings Norris and a great host of colorful characters to life (from Amon Carter, to Mayor H.C. Meacham, to boxer Jack Dempsey, to William Jennings Bryan) against the backdrop of a fascinating era.

Virginia author, David Stokes, will sign copies of his new book, "APPARENT DANGER—The Pastor of America’s First Megachurch and the Texas Murder Trial of the Decade in the 1920s", at the downtown Fort Worth, Texas, Barnes and Nobles Bookstore on Friday, June 11th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. This venue—located at 401 Commerce Street (phone: 817-332-7178), is just two city blocks from where the Rev. Dr. J. Frank Norris shot lumberman D.E. Chipps to death in July of 1926. The shooting and subsequent murder trial made headlines across the country for months.

Then one of the most colorful, if not influential ministers in America—Norris demonstrated an uncanny ability to organize and influence great crowds. During the Roaring Twenties, at the height of his ministry at the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, he preached to a congregation of over 10,000. High-strung, temperamental, creative, and cunning—Norris was a polarizing and enigmatic figure.

Using more than 6,000 pages of newspaper articles, court records, and other published works, David Stokes brings Norris and a great host of colorful characters to life (from Amon Carter, to Mayor H.C. Meacham, to boxer Jack Dempsey, to William Jennings Bryan) against the backdrop of a fascinating era. From cover to cover readers will be engrossed and surprised by this nearly forgotten piece of American history. It is the most famous story most Americans have never heard.

Mr. Stokes will be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area June 9th-12th and will be available for interviews—and is currently available, as well, to talk about Apparent Danger and the upcoming “Meet the Author” event in Fort Worth.

For Media Interviews contact Debby White:
Phone: 571-641-0197

Bascom Hill Books
Release Date: 6/1/10
ISBN-10: 1935456113
ISBN-13: 978-1935456117
Retail: $24.95
Hardcover: 393 pages

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