Wayne Turner, head football coach and physical education teacher at Tyner Academy, will receive the Barnes & Noble Hamilton Place award for My Favorite Teacher at the conclusion of Saturday’s book-signing. The winning, student-written essay honoring Turner will be submitted for regional competition within the bookstore chain. A national winner will receive $5,000.Photo by Maura Friedman /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place, will play host to eight authors in the next three days, seven of them for a Spring Break Book Signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The other event is at 6 tonight, April 17.
Both coincide with Educator Appreciation Days, offering discounts on classroom and personal purchases, plus the chance to win prizes, for prekindergarten to 12th-grade teachers.
Two of the authors have written books designed to motivate teens to success. Other topics include military history, spiritual growth and gluten diets.
For more information, call 423-893-0186.
■ "When 'Want To' Becomes 'Have To'" by Gary Highfield: This story of a young man from a single-parent home is a motivational work on overcoming obstacles and remaining positive. The author, who is from Chattanooga, will give a presentation on how teens can break the chains that hold them back.
■ "Schooled for Success: How I Plan To Graduate From High School a Millionaire" by Houston Gunn: This 16-year-old from Gallatin, Tenn., has been endorsed by business tycoon Donald Trump, "Shark Tank's" Barbara Corcoran and financial guru Dave Ramsey.
In addition to signing his book, he will present the award for My Favorite Teacher for Barnes & Noble Hamilton Place to Wayne Turner from Tyner Academy at 4 p.m. Turner was nominated by student Deja Pope, according to store officials.
■ "Beauty for Ashes: Transforming Testimonies for Every Woman" by Juanita Ingram: This is the second book from the speaker, author, lawyer and beauty queen, a Chattanooga native now living in London. It covers topics from forgiveness to abuse and reminds readers that God fulfills promises.
■ "Path of Valor: A Marine's Story" by George Derryberry: The discovery of a battered canteen bearing a U.S. Marine's 1945 message launched a years-long search by the author, a local attorney, for Sgt. Harris C. Ayres' complete life history.
■ "Gluten Conspiracy" by Delores Beery and Dr. L.W. Nichols: In their educational resource/cookbook, the Chattanooga couple include easy-to-follow recipes with photographs and health information on making lifestyle/diet changes.
■ "The Adventures of Lee Robinson, USMC" by Ed Robinette: This action-adventure novel follows two young Marines and gives an insider's look at the Underwater Demolition Team, the precursor to the Navy SEALs, as told by former U.S. Marine Ed Robinette of Chattanooga.
■ "Swanee River Moon" by Thornton Parsons: The latest release from the local author follows two friends who inadvertently end up in a Savannah, Ga., bed-and-breakfast, where murder comes for brunch.
■ "A Life in the Day of a Lady Salesman" by Diana Amann Cruze: As one of the first female sales reps in Southern Appalachia, Cruze tells of her adventures trekking back roads to sell products from tobacco to toys, from groceries to grease, and from cookies to chemicals.