A new book released this month features inspiring stories from 25 successful women on the Mississippi coast. Meet the four from Hancock County who wrote chapters in "Unboxed."
- story by Lisa Monti
Two Hancock County signing events will be held with the four women from Bay-Waveland.
The first will take place at the Women’s Leadership Roundtable on Tuesday, June 25, from 5pm – 7pm at the Waveland Ground Zero Museum, 335 Coleman Ave. in Waveland. Publisher Dorothy Wilson will be present, as well as the four local writers.
A second Hancock County Unboxed event will be held Thursday, June 27, at Brandi Stage Portraiture, 833B U.S. 90, Bay St Louis. There will be light refreshments, drinks and networking starting at 6pm, with the writers sharing more about their stories.
Writers include Hancock County’s own Holly Hester Lemoine-Raymond, Angelyn Scardino Treutel Zeringue, Brandi Stage, and Ellis Anderson.
Publisher Dorothy Wilson says that although she believed the finished project would be inspirational, even she was surprised by the completed manuscript, once all the stories were assembled.
“I knew this had the potential to be powerful,” says Wilson. “I had no idea how powerful until I read the final version before it was sent to the printer. I was overwhelmed and so, so empowered and encouraged to see what these women had overcome. I thought I knew them all, yet discovered so much more about them.”
All four of the Hancock County writers say that the project helped them grow further by pushing them to record their pivotal life experiences.
“When Dorothy Wilson asked me to be a part of this project,” says photographer Brandi Stage, “I realized that 25 women sharing how they learned to soar was a great recipe for inspiration to others. It was an honor to be included with such amazing women on our MS Gulf Coast.
“I had learned to soar early on. My mom that taught me I could do anything I set my mind to do. I believed her, even in the midst of trials and tribulations that are inevitable in life.”
Speaking for all the writers, Zeringue says, "It's our hope that this book might, in some small way, inspire and encourage others to excel.”
"Each woman's story is deeply personal and compelling,” Anderson says. "I feel very fortunate to have been included with this group and the project."
The paperback is available for $19.95 and half the proceeds from the pre-sale will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center and the Women’s Center for Nonviolence. To pre-order, go to www.unboxedbookproject.com
The first coast-wide book signing was held June 13 at 5:30pm at the White House Hotel in Biloxi. Several of the authors spoke, followed by a group book signing.