After a few years of working on it, longtime local attorney Jim Kiger is announcing his new book, “Court Street: A Street in Time,” and inviting the public to a signing later this month.
The book signing will be held on Nov. 20 at the Rusty Keg Crown room. The event will begin at 7 and continue until 9 p.m. Copies of the new book will be available for purchase, and Kiger will be on hand to socialize with anyone wanting to attend.
In 2012, Kiger brought a new piece of Fayette County literature to life with his first book, “Court House,” which was met with a good degree of success. Only expecting to sell a couple hundred copies at best, Kiger was soon surprised to be receiving calls from around the nation for his book. It was “widely received,” according to Kiger.
“We had originally expected to sell maybe 200 or 300 copies, but since it was published, we have sold over 1,000 copies,” Kiger said during an interview at the Record-Herald office Friday morning. “The reviews of it were very gratifying and humbling. We wrote Fayette County history at its best. While this was all going on we (Jim and his wife Ann Kiger) were preparing the second book. We have taken a great pride in learning and knowing the history of Fayette County.”
Kiger’s second book, Court Street, is a slightly different book from its predecessor. Specifically focusing on history of common people within a few decades of the county’s history, it begins in the 1950’s and details up to the late 1980’s. The book does have a more inspirational impact, trying to show current residents that time continues its march forward and it is up to the people to grab at opportunities that present themselves.
“All except one of the characters in the book are deceased, but these people have made an impact in some way that they should be remembered for,” Kiger said. “A great philosopher said in 550 B.C. ‘Grasp the moment when you have the chance. You can never go back and get that lost opportunity, it is gone with the river.’”
The book, according to Kiger, not only serves as an accurate depiction of history in the county, but also as a way to inspire people to continue going on even when they think it is too much. He said that everyone has an inner reserve strength and a mountain to climb. He explained that people need to strive for that strength and through it, they will be able to continue forward.
“We said that every person has a mountain to climb in their lives,” Kiger said. “And whether they know it or not, everyone has a reserve of strength. When they think everything is gone, we can look down deep and reach for it. We need to take a look at ourselves and how we can continue looking forward. James Madison once said, ‘All fear from our nation is from within.’ We encourage the public to come enjoy some refreshments and check out the new book.”
Kiger has said that the publisher wrote, “In search of Fayette County events, Jim Kiger has once again written a book of memorable stories about people who lived in Court House during the 50’s and 80’s, the most vibrant of times in Fayette County history. You may find these events hard hitting, sad, but yet riveting stories of courage, tragedy and violation of trust. The writer never deviates from his actual theme, which he artfully conveys to you as a reader. And that is, don’t lose the moment handed to each of you, reach deep to the hidden courage that all have within and cement your footprint on Court Street.”
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