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Barnes returns to sign Booboo’s Hundred Years

SoVaNow.com / October 15, 2009
Sam Barnes, coauthor of Booboo’s Hundred Years—Life on Brooklyn Road in Halifax County, Virginia, will be in the area for another book signing. The book was published this summer by the Halifax County Historical Society. Barnes was in the area in July for two signings, however, many requested another signing.

This book tells the story of Ruby Barnes’ life and growing up in the Brookline area of the county during the late 1880s and 1900s. Ruby Barnes was born in 1886 and lived to be over 100 years old. She received the nickname “Booboo” from one of her grandchildren who could not pronounce “Granny Ruby.” She was a great storyteller and lived long enough for her story to be told. When she was in her 90s and blind from cataracts, she began making oral history tapes for the family. They were astounded at the details she recalled from her history. Barnes, a grandson of Ruby, typed up copies of the tapes for family and friends. The society is delighted to be able to share with the public another part of our heritage.

The signing will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 1-3 p.m. at Toot’s Creek Antiques in Halifax. If you have already purchase a copy and would like to have it signed, please stop by. Cost of the book is $20. All proceeds benefit the society.

Following the signing, the book will be available in South Boston at The Priggery and the Peddler’s Market, in Halifax at Toot’s Creek Antiques, at the Holiday Living Show or by contacting Barbara Bass at 434-753-2137.


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