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The Legend of Baggar Vance by Steven Pressfield – Dedication

In Adventure, Books, Novels on March 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

Steven Pressfield dedicated his novel The Legend of Baggar Vance ~

Lt William James Torpie, U.S. Army

October 20, 1943 – March 25, 1969

For you, Billy,

and other friends who fell

on other fields

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Sula by Toni Morrison – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on March 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Toni Morrison dedicate her Nobel Prizewinning novel Sula ~

It is sheer good fortune to miss

somebody long before they leave you.

This book is for Ford and Slade, whom

I miss although they have not left me.

Ford Morrison and Slade Morrison are her sons.

News From Home by Sefi Atta – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Short Stories on February 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

Nigerian author Sefi Atta dedicated News From Home:

for Gboyega and Temi

Gboyega Ransome-Kuti is Sefi’s husband. They gave their US-born daughter Temi a dedication ceremony in New Jersey. Read their cool story here.

Tender Trap by The Fairmount Girls – Dedication

In Music on February 9, 2011 at 11:43 am

Cincinnati rockers The Fairmount Girls Jane McBrain, Melissa Fairmount,  Chris Fairmount, Dana Hambien and Eva Destruction hail from the same town as Annie Oakley. They dedicated their album Tender Trap:

This album is dedicated to our friend

Mike Tallarico 1978-2000

Hebrew Tutor of Bel-Air by Allan Appel – Dedication

In Books, Novels, Romance, Teen on February 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Today we’re visiting Will Smith’s old stomping ground. A 17-year-old compulsive gambler in 1963 Los Angeles travels to Will Smith’s hood to tutor 16-year-old Bat Mizvah trainee Bayla Adler. Chaos ensues –  it’s a matter of life and $20,000. Allan Apel dedicated The Hebrew Tutor of Bel-Air:

To the memory of my parents, Morris and Pearl Appel,

and my teacher Dr. David Lieber

Dr. David Leo Lieber, a rabbi, often advised his fellow scholars: “You can always tell someone to go to hell later.” He graduated from the College of the City of New York (magna cum laude) and served as President of the American Jewish University.

The Outside by Gil Adamson – Dedication

In Adventure, Award-Winners, Books on February 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Gil Adamson dedicated The Outlander:

For Adrian, the good father.

The Outlander, set in rural Montana and Idaho, won the Books in Canada First Novel Prize and the Dashiell Hammett Prize, and it also made the shortlist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. The book wraps you into the story of a young woman on the run. Nicholas Campbell championed it for 2009’s Canada Reads debates.

The Elms: Big Surprise – Dedication

In Music on January 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

Beautiful dedication today. Midwestern gospel rock band The Elms dedicated their 2001 album Big Surprise:

For Mamgu, Simon and all who show us that beautiful things still happen.

The Elms’ founders Owen Thomas (vocals, guitar) and Christopher Thomas (drums) came from a Welsh family in Indiana. Mamgu means “grandmother” in Welsh. It can also mean “amazing” or “the best ever” in Western slang. No idea who Simon is — comment if you know!

Seraph on the Suwanee by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

Zora Neale Hurston dedicated her novel Seraph on the Suwanee:

To

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

and

Mrs. Spessard L. Holland

With Loving Admiration

Here Hurston continued her tradition of dedicating books to Floridian authors. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings won a Pulitzer Prize for The Yearling.

Florida Senator Spessard L. Holland was still serving his last Congressional term when he died of a heart attack at 79. Hurston dedicated this book to his wife Mary (they were married over 50 years). You can visit Mary Holland Park, a large nature preserve, in Central Florida.

Moses Man of the Mountain by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

Zora Neale Hurston dedicated her novel Moses Man of the Mountain:

TO

EDWIN OSGOOD GROVER

Grover was Professor of Books at Rollins College where Hurston was a student. He published many books, taught courses and created the 45-acre Mead Garden for reading and reflection.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Award-Winners, Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

Did you read this one in school? Zora Neale Hurston dedicated her award-winning novel Their Eyes Were Watching God:

TO

HENRY ALLEN MOE

Dr. Henry Allen Moe served as President of the Guggenheim Foundation for over 40 years, guiding countless artists, scholars and scientists. He left to become President of the American Philosophical Society (1959-1970). His widow created the Henry Allen Moe Prize in the Humanities in 1982.