April 23, 2014  

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Children Center’s O’Quinn Contributes to Pair of New Books

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Jamie O’Quinn, resource development coordinator for The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, is contributing author and photographer for two books making their debut in December.

 “The Mississippi Gulf Coast and Neighboring Sites:  Essays on History and Tourist Attractions” will have its initial book signing on Dec. 1 at the Biloxi Visitors Center.  O’Quinn’s chapter features The Friendship Oak at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park and is based on an interview with Dr. James Pat Smith, professor of History. 

The second book “Pinebelt Poetry and Prose” is a collection of writings and photographs by members and friends of the Hattiesburg Chapter of the Mississippi Writers Guild. The first book signing of this anthology will be Dec. 2 at the 10th Annual Author Extravaganza at Main Street Books in Hattiesburg.

Several of O’Quinn’s photographs are also currently on display during the month of November in conjunction with Hattiesburg’s Cameraderie Photography Club at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center.

O’Quinn is a former senior editor and agency photographer for the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, founder of the syndicated column “Hollywood South:  Hollywood with a Southern Flair!”, President/Founder of the Hattiesburg Chapter of the Mississippi Writers Guild, co-author of  “Forrest The Little Deer” for Forrest General Hospital, and contributing author, photographer, and assisting editor for the “Hattiesburg’s 125th Anniversary Celebration” coffee table book. Additionally, she has had more than 250 freelance articles published statewide.