Janis F. Kearney, former newspaper publisher and personal diarist to former president William Jefferson Clinton, will be featured at the Lake Village Guachoya Cultural Center on Thursday, Aug. 7. The conversation and book signing will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a reception.
The author will discuss her most recent book, “Sundays with TJ: 100 Years of Memories on Varner Road”, a memoir and biography about the life and contributions of family patriarch, Thomas James Kearney. Known as “TJ” by most who knew him, the nationally recognized patriarch was born in 1906, and spent his earliest childhood in Lake Village. He died in December 2013 at the age of 107.
One of 19 children born to Arkansas Delta sharecroppers, Thomas James and Ethel Curry Kearney, Janis F. debuted her first memoir, “Cotton Field of Dreams”, in 2004, and described her childhood as “the “pre-civil rights south where cotton was king and education was the carrot that stayed just out of reach for many blacks.” The award-winning book chronicled her impoverished childhood and journey from Varner Road to the White House. Her other books include “Something to Write Home About”, a second memoir about her role as personal diarist to Clinton; and “Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place”, a biographical memoir about the life of civil rights leader, Daisy Gatson Bates.
Kearney’s memoirs pay tribute to the south, and parents she describes as “inspiring their children’s deep love of learning, and an unwavering faith in a brighter tomorrow.” Several Kearney children graduated from Ivy League schools such as Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Yale Law School and Brown University. Two Kearney siblings served in the Clinton Administration.
Kearney and her husband Bob J. Nash, former White House personnel director, founded Writing our World Publishing in 2004. An internationally recognized public speaker, Kearney has traveled the country and the UK speaking about her amazing journey, her role at the White House and her writing life. She has appeared on NPR, the BBC, C-Span Book-TV, and numerous ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC affiliate networks. Her books have received critical recognition and awards, and have been adapted for high school and college curricula.
The Guachoya Center is located at 1652 Hwy 65 & 82, Lake Village.