Author and historian Bill Nash will make an appearance at the Vernon Parish Public Library on Tuesday Oct 16 from 7-8 p.m.

He will meet and greet with those in attendance and sign copies of his book “High Hat Sam.”

The book recounts the life and times of Louisiana Gov. Sam Houston Jones.

Jones was born in Merryville and graduated from DeRidder High School. He served as Governor from 1940-44.

This is the first book by Nash, also a DeRidder graduate, and it was released back in 2014.

Nash was interviewed by the Beauregard Daily News during that time and spoke about his reasons for writing about Jones.

Nash cited his deep love for Louisiana history as one of the reasons for writing the book. He wanted to tell the story of how one young man’s dream led him to be a prominent figure in Louisiana history.

He said “a dream he had in [the] junior high school time of his life, it made the difference and helped produce a Gov. Sam Jones; the dream was in the Jones home, formerly located on North Pine Street across from the Fairgrounds,” Nash said. “I think that is a tidbit everyone will enjoy in the book.”

Nash himself had aspirations of running for governor when he was young. However, he claims that he was called by the Lord to be a pastor.

“Since I did not become governor, why not write about the only governor to graduate from DeRidder High?” he said. “That is what led me to ‘High Hat Sam.”

Although this is the first book written by Nash, he has written several articles about Louisiana history for the Beauregard Daily News and other publications.

Nash is an ordained pentecostal pastor at Mangham, LA to this day.

“High Hat Sam” can be purchased on Amazon, and copies of the book will be available at the Vernon Parish Library during the meet and greet.