Katina Rankin, author of her first children’s chapter book and a popular Memphis TV anchor, will read and sign her book at two free Williamson
County events on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Rankin’s first appearance will be at 11 a.m. at the McLemore House African-American History Museum to introduce community kids to “Up North, Down South: City Folk Meet Country Folk,” her children’s book.
The museum is located at 446 11th Ave. N. in Franklin.
That appearance will be followed by another free event at 2 p.m. that same
day at Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane in Cool Springs.
“Up North, Down South: City Folk Meet Country Folk” shows young Pre-K
to 5th grade readers that where they live makes no difference.
In the book, McKennley, age 9, and his sister, Kendall, age 7, live in New York
City, but go on a summer vacation to Mississippi where they have heard rumors
about the state.
The book aims to dispel rumors like “Folks from the South talk funny. They
say ‘y’all’ and wave at everybody they pass on the street. They don’t have
regular pets like cats and dogs. They only have cows, goats and chickens. And,
sometimes they act like cavemen.”
But once McKennley and Kendall spend some time in Mississippi, they realize
there are very few differences between city folk and country folk.
Rankin is co-anchor of Local 24 News in Memphis at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10
She is a native of Magee, Mississippi, and received a bachelor’s degree in mass
communications from Alcorn State University and a master’s degree in
broadcast journalism from Jackson State University.