Brandon, Mississippi


The author of fifteen nonfiction books, more than 2,000 magazine and newspaper articles, and numerous poems and short stories, James L. Dickerson has worked as a magazine editor, newspaper editor, reporter, columnist, book critic, photographer, social worker, and psychological consultant, over a career that spans thirty years. He was a staff writer at five Southern daily newspapers and his byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including Good Housekeeping, Omni, Glamour, the Baltimore Sun, and the Toronto Star, to name a few. He is considered an expert on American pop culture and the music indigenous to the South—blues, rock ’n’ roll, jazz, and country music. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Goin’ Back to Memphis and That’s Alright, Elvis (which he co-wrote with music legend Scotty Moore).

Project Description

If Bill Clinton, Edward Kennedy, Trent Lott, Rosie O’Donnell, and John Elway knew the world was coming to an end, what would they request for their last suppers? Would President Clinton order a juicy Big Mac? Would Rosie succumb to a box of Godiva chocolates? In Last Suppers (Kensington, Fall 2003) these and other well-known personalities reveal the answer to that question—answers that range all the way from a down-home Texas barbecue to a lavish, twelve-course meal at a four-star restaurant. Dickerson asked scores of top celebrities from the worlds of politics, sports, music, television, and famous restaurants to ponder that question and he received a deluge of tasty and amusing responses—not to mention top-notch recipes.