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Signing scheduled for alumnus, author of ‘Experiences of WWII Veteran'

The Austin Peay State University National Alumni Association is hosting a book signing and reception for alumnus Dr. James W. Taylor from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, May 2 at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.

Taylor, 93, is the author of the autobiography, Experiences of a World War II Veteran, which recounts his life as a Tennessee farm boy during the Great Depression and the people, places and events that molded him into what Tom Brokaw called The Greatest Generation.
The Austin Peay State University National Alumni Association is hosting a book signing and reception for alumnus Dr. James W. Taylor from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, May 2 at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.

Taylor, 93, is the author of the autobiography, “Experiences of a World War II Veteran,” which recounts his life as a Tennessee farm boy during the Great Depression and the people, places and events that molded him into what Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation.”

“Experiences of a World War II Veteran” is an enjoyable history lesson by one who lived it. In the book, Taylor weaves original poems with a conversational narrative to provide readers insight into the thoughts and feelings of a man aware of each day's gifts.

After earning an associate degree from Austin Peay Normal School, Taylor taught one year before serving 54 months in the military. After the war, he earned a bachelor's from Austin Peay, master's from Syracuse University and a doctorate in geography from Indiana University.

He taught at Peabody College, Nashville, Memphis State University, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Western Kentucky University. He and his wife now live in Cedar Hill.

After retirement, Taylor enjoyed recounting stories of his early life to his children and grandchildren. At their urging, he recorded his memoirs. expanding them into an autobiography.

The book signing and reception for Taylor are free and open to the public. His book will be available for purchase at $20.75 for hard cover and $12.25 for paperback. For more information, telephone (931) 221-1279. — Dennie B. Burke