Northeast Texas author, Jim Ainswroth, autographs books for Tory Humphries of Sulphur Springs and
Sarah Stevens of Sulphur Bluff, at his book release, on Wednesday afternoon!
Local Author, Jim Ainsworth, Releases
Fifth Book in "Rivers" Series, on Wednesday
by: Bobby McDonald
Reilly Springs native, Elizabeth Young, and Union Community natives, Mr. & Mrs. Avon Acker, visit
with author Jim Ainsworth, at Wednesday's signing, as they await the release of his newest book.
It was a huge crowd of awaiting fans that greeted Northeast Texas author, Jim Ainsworth, on Wednesday afternoon, in the TAMU-C Alumni Center, in Commerce, when he arrived with the first copies of Go Down Looking, the fifth book he has written in the semi-autobiographical, River's Series. Ainsworth, has captured the hearts of readers all across Northeast Texas with the "down home" and familiar characterizations of the series, as he tells of many of his own exploits, growing-up in Klondike, Cooper, Commerce, and "all points in-between." He tells of milking cows on a "hardscrabble" Delta County farm, the family's "experimental" move to the Panhandle of West Texas, seeking a better life, but soon returning to native roots, here in Northeast Texas.
"What I like about Jim's books is that he's one of us and you can identify with the feelings, the emotions, and the events that happen in the life of his characters, because they're just like your own," expressed one of his readers, eagerly awaiting his copy of Go Down Looking. "He writes with realism and tells just how it was during our formative years, here in Northeast Texas!"
"I come to explain my writing as writing to explain the world we live in to ourselves," expressed Ainsworth, as he gave a brief review of the new book, to the packed crowd on Wednesday afternoon. "All I can say about the book is that I'm similar to George Burns, I'm going where I've been, and then sometimes, I'm going where I've never been! This book and the entire Rivers Series is fictional, but based on my own observations and important people in my life, being reared in Northeast Texas!"
Sulphur Springs High School senior, Hannah Kirby, captivated the audience
at Ainsworth's signing with her rendition of "Faded Love" on the fiddle
and with vocals.
Ainsworth also quoted songwriter and singer, Tom T. Hall, when he said, "Writing is kind of like playing a guitar, you better put that pen down, if you write, hoping to get rich! It will lead you to an early grave, if you don't do it for the enjoyment and the personal therapy that it brings to you personally!"
Fans from all across Northeast Texas, San Antonio, and other distant points, were on-hand, Wednesday afternoon, to get the copies of this latest book, that will not be available on Amazon, until June.
"I want to thank all of you for your support and your attendance here today," related Ainsworth. "It's testimony to your continued support and you'll never know how much it means to me that you've 'bought-into' the characters, the events, and the happenings of the thoughts and words that I've managed to put on paper!"
When asked if this will be the last in the Rivers Series, Ainsworth didn't "rule out" the idea of another book, but stated that maybe it was time for him to "soar on" to something else, for his next book. "I really hadn't intended to write a fifth book in the series, but people kept asking me about what happened to Jake, and I realized that he still had a voice to share with my readers!" expressed Ainsworth. "Thus, who knows where he might land, in the future!"
I got my copy, brought it home and sat down and read five chapters before exhaustion overtook me, and I finally decided I had to have some sleep. But, I woke up this morning and read two more chapters during breakfast! You're sure to be captivated and enjoy this latest installment of Ainsworth's popular series!