Leesville Mayor Rick Allen declared Monday, March 30, as Jim West Day in honor of author Jim West, a longtime resident of central Louisiana and former student at Evans High School.

Leesville Mayor Rick Allen declared Monday, March 30, as Jim West Day in honor of author Jim West, a longtime resident of central Louisiana and former student at Evans High School.

West held a book signing at Jillybean's studio on Third Street for his recent work "Libellus de Numeros."

West says he came up with the ideas and concepts for the "Magicae Mathematica" series about a decade ago. He was inspired by his two daughters who became the template for the main character Alex.

"We are always excited about a local talent like Mr. West being recognized, especially when what they're doing is for the sake of children," Allen said.