Veteran Journalist Brilliantly Captures the Climate and the Times of Dallas in the Hours Leading up to the Presidential Assassination in "November 22, A Novel"

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Veteran Journalist Bryan Woolley, brilliantly captures the climate and the times of Dallas in the hours leading up to the presidential assassination in his newly reissued book "November 22, A Novel." Quite simply, it is one of the best dissections of Big D on that dark day in 1963.

Veteran journalist brilliantly captures climate of Dallas on that fateful day in 1963

Expertly crafted. One of the best dissections of the Big D.

Veteran journalist Bryan Woolley,a former Associated Press correspondent and journalist for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Dallas Morning News, brilliantly captures the climate of Dallas and the times on that fateful day in 1963 in his reissued novel "November 22, A Novel" (Brown Books Publishing Group).

Originally released in 1981, Dallas was still healing, but in commemoration of the JFK 50th, it is a time for reflection.

"Bringing Bryan Woolley's novel, 'November 22,' back into print is a great idea," says Don Graham, J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature, University of Texas at Austin. "It's quite simply one of the best dissections of Big D on that dark day in 1963. He describes, in microcosm, how the world changed in the twinkling of an eye and peers into the shifting lives of all the people affected by this shattering event."

Through a myriad of characters both real and reinvented, Woolley covers the twenty-four hours surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, capturing the atmosphere of the day, resulting in a rich cross section of a city more complex and diverse than many observers have been willing to acknowledge.

The scenes are fictional, but the mood of the people on that historic day is real.

"I expected 'November 22' to be an incisive, insightful look at the Dallas of 1963," said Michael Merschel, "The Dallas Morning News." "It is. What left me thunderstruck was how relevant the book is to the Dallas––and America––of right now."

Renowned journalist, historian, and four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Hugh Aynesworth, author of the new book "November 22, 1963: Witness to History," calls "'November 22' expertly crafted, imaginative, and brilliant."

In a letter written to Woolley by the late Stanley Marcus, he claimed, "I read 'November 22' with great interest, and in rereading it, I am even more impressed. I think your approach to establishing the different points of view in the community on that fateful day is a wonderful technique. I think it really tells the story of what Dallas was like better than any of the nonfiction books of the time."

Woolley notes, "Although the tragedy at the core of 'November 22' actually occurred, this story is fiction, and most of its characters are figments of the author's imagination. However, a few of the secondary characters are persons who lived in Dallas on that fateful day. They are Stanley Marcus, Barefoot Sanders, Jesse Curry, Will Fritz, and M.N. McDonald.

I owe it to them and to the reader to emphasize that although they are real, the scenes in which they appear and words they speak are fictitious." In addition, "I have tried to be accurate in my portrayal of Dallas life politically and socially at the time."

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Books are available online, e-Book, and in bookstores––hardcover formats

About the Author

Bryan Woolley began his writing career on the staff of the El Paso Times when he was a teenager. After earning degrees at the University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Christian University, and Harvard, he served as an Associated Press correspondent in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then as city editor of the Anniston Star in Alabama. In 1969 he joined the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1976 he moved to the Dallas Times Herald, and in1989 to the Dallas Morning News, where he worked until his retirement in 2006. He has published four novels, including November 22. He lives in Dallas with his wife, the poet Isabel Nathaniel.

About Brown Books Publishing Group

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