Sandra E. Johnson



Sandra E. Johnson is the author of Flowers for the Living which has been nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award and poignantly parallels recent real life events involving controversial police shootings of African-Americans. She also wrote Standing on Holy Ground:  A Triumph over Hate Crime in the Deep South that was warmly reviewed by O:  The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Southern Living, and many other publications.  





10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room A
Book Talk
Flowers for the Living: A Novel

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Flowers for the Living: A Novel

A riveting story of how a suicidal African-American teenager's forcing a young white cop to kill him devastates the teenager’s mother as well the rookie cop. It also sparks a massive race riot and puts the mother and rookie in the crosshairs of a deranged gunman.

The only place Emma Jennings, the mother, and Russell “Rusty” Carter, Jr., the cop, find refuge from the chaos engulfing them is the teenager’s serenely beautiful grave.  Through initially awkward meetings there, Emma and Rusty establish a bond that they must ultimately rely on to rebuild their lives and help heal their city.

Praise for Sandra Johnson: 
"Standing on Holy Ground is an inspiring work of good overcoming evil. It is a ruthlessly honest account of the new progressive South still struggling with a very old legacy of hate."--USA Today


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