More than 125 years after the death of legendary Georgia-born Old West gunfighter and gambler John H. “Doc” Holliday, Brenau University will host a special program Tuesday, March 3, that explores the continuing prominence in popular culture of Holliday and others whose principal claim to fame was a 30-second gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, Oct. 26, 1881.
Free and open to the public, the program features Georgia “Author of the Year” Victoria Wilcox, who has produced a trilogy of novels based on the life of Holliday. The Last Decision, the third book in the Wilcox series titled Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday is scheduled for publication in May. Wilcox will sign copies of the first two books, Inheritance and Gone West, following the program in historic Pearce Auditorium on the Brenau Gainesville campus. Signed copies of The Last Decision can be pre-ordered that evening as well.
Noted film critic Eleanor Ringel Cater, a self-acknowledged Doc Holliday aficionado, joins Wilcox on stage for a wide-ranging discussion of the Holliday story in fact and fiction.
Come early for some extras. Wear your attire for strutting streets of Tombstone or Dodge City. Hang out in the saloon on stage and take one of them selfie things with a pure likeness of ol’ Doc, as played by Brenau alum Thad “T.B.” Burton.
Two volumes of the Southern Son trilogy – Inheritance and Gone West will be available through Brenau’s Barnes & Noble campus bookstore. The final book, The Last Decision, scheduled for May publication, may be pre-ordered.