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Martha Hawkins, Author and Restaurateur, Will Speak June 23 at the U of M University News
For release: June 10, 2010

For press information, contact Tom Mendina, 901-678-4310


Martha Hawkins
Martha Hawkins
Alabama restaurateur and author Martha Hawkins will discuss her life and her book at the University of Memphis at noon Wednesday, June 23, on the second floor of the University of Memphis’ Ned R. McWherter Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Hawkins is the author of Finding Martha’s Place: My Journey Through Sin, Salvation, and Lots of Soul Food.

Born the tenth of 12 children during the height of the civil rights movement, Hawkins overcame poverty and bouts of serious depression to become a successful restaurateur and inspirational speaker. Her now-famous restaurant, Martha’s Place, is a culinary fixture in Montgomery, Ala.

Hawkins’ recipes, life story, and inspirational words have been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Essence, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage.

For more information, contact Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310 or

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