Oprah’s Aunt Katherine loves my book

Oprah Winfrey’s Aunt Katherine is a huge fan of Blues Traveling, and carries it around with her in her car, I learned recently.

Katherine Carr Esters of Kosciusko, Miss., actually is Oprah’s cousin, although Oprah addresses her older relative as “Aunt Katherine.” Ted Ownby, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, recently was visiting with Esters and telling her about the center’s programs. The only ones she was already were familiar with, Ownby said, were a couple of radio shows — Highway 61 Blues and Thacker Mountain Radio — and my book, Blues Traveling: the Holy Sites of Delta Blues (which actually is unconnected to the center except that I am a graduate of the center’s Southern Studies program). Esters told Ownby she carries the book around in her car and refers to it as she drives around Mississippi.

I asked Ownby if Esters has the current edition and he said he wasn’t sure. So I signed a copy of it for her and gave it to him to give her.

I don’t know if Esters has shared the book with her cousin Oprah. But if Oprah wants me to take her on a tour of the blues sites of her home state I’d be delighted!

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  1. Mamie Smith
    01/10/2009 at 7:00 pm Permalink


    I am a distant cousin of Katherine Carr. I have a copy of her book, “Jay Bird Creek,” and she has a copy of my book “The Unfolding of a Rose.” I also know her daughter, JoAnn.

    Do you live in Kosciusko? I visit my Mom there.

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