Sherry Laymon to present lecture, book signing at A&S Center


Arkansas author Sherry Laymon, will be presenting a lecture and signing copies of her latest book, “Fearless: John L. McClellan, United States Senator” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St.

“Fearless”, the long overdue biography of Arkansas’s most powerful senator, tells the story of John McClellan who represented Arkansas in the United States Congress from 1934-1938 and the United States Senate from 1942 until his death in 1977. He overcame multiple tragedies in his personal life to become one of the most powerful senators during his time. He confronted comparable issues facing the country today, such as deficit spending, labor union corruption, and the mafia, and rendered commonsense solutions by asserting a deep-rooted principle to do the right thing. This well-written book presents a fascinating glimpse into McClellan’s personal life, political contests, and professional career.

McClellan’s daughter said, “This narrative has captured the very essence of my father’s being. His deep-rooted faith, strong convictions, and compassionate heart are underlying themes throughout the book. The author presents the investigative and legislative processes of Congress while disclosing a close association with the Kennedy family and working relationships with others of interest. His productive labors continue to have an impact on our society today.”

Laymon is an Arkansas native. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She earned her doctorate degree in heritage studies from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is the author of “Pfeiffer Country: The Tenant Farms and Business Activities of Paul Pfeiffer in Clay County, Arkansas 1902-1954”, which was published by Butler Center Books in 2009. Her articles, “John McClellan and the Arkansas River Navigation Project” and “Arkansas’s Dark Ages: The Struggle to Electrify Arkansas” won the Arkansas Historical Association’s Violet B. Gingles award in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

“Fearless” is available in both paperback and special edition hardbound covers. More information is available on the author’s website www.sherrylaymon.com.