Starkville Area Arts Council executive director and local author John W. Bateman hopes to make a splash in the literary world with his debut novel.

Published by Unsolicited Press, “Who Killed Buster Sparkle?” aims to weave a story of race, gender, orientation, and economics, showing oppression exists in many forms. Bateman incorporates the comic and gothic through two characters who “need each other more than they understand.”

The cover of “Who Killed Buster Sparkle” by John W. Bateman (Courtesy photo)

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While the book will be officially released on June 12, there will be an official book launch at Book Mart & Cafe on Main Street at 5:30 p.m. on June 14.

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