Author Neil White scheduled to sign memoir at Northwest
Author and publisher, Neil White, will be signing copies of his memoir, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” at noon on Thursday, June 30 at the R.C. Pugh Library on Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Senatobia campus.
He has been a newspaper editor, magazine publisher, advertising executive and federal prisoner. The latter resulted from his desire to keep his magazine business afloat. He began transferring funds he didn’t actually have between bank accounts—a practice known as check kiting—and ended up in federal prison in 1993 on charges of fraud. He served almost 18 months of his sentence in Carville, La., at a federal prison that also housed the last leper colony in the United States. In his memoir, published by William Morrow in 2009, White tells about his experiences and the people he met there.
Although this is his first book, White has written plays entitled “Lepers & Cons,” “Paper,” “Symmetry,” “Clandestine,” “You’re Getting Very Sleepy” and “Mates and Deviant.” In addition, he edited the anthology Ten-Minute Plays from Oxford. Today White operates a small publishing company, writes plays and essays and currently travels talking about his memoir.
Neil White is now married to Deborah Hodges Bell, a law professor at The University of Mississippi. They have three children, Lindsay Bell, Neil White IV and Maggie White.