Famed Hollywood producer Harry Thomason, an alumnus of Southern Arkansas University, will be in Magnolia on Monday, November 4, to celebrate the publication of his first book.

He will make a presentation at 5:15 p.m. at the SAU Alumni Center.

“Brother Dog: Southern Tales and Hollywood Adventures,” is a collection of personal stories from Thomason’s childhood in Arkansas.

Thomason was born in Hampton to a grocer and a Sunday school teacher. He listened to family stories at his mom’s kitchen table and later became the storyteller at family reunions.

After attending Southern State College (now SAU), he began his career as an art teacher and football coach. Eager to work in film, Thomason’s first productions were political commercials for statewide broadcast. He ultimately moved to California, where he began making made-for-TV movies and sitcoms.

In 1983, he founded Mozark Productions with his writer-producer-director wife, Linda Bloodworth Thomason. Together they produced “Designing Women,” “Evening Shade” and “Hearts Afire.” Many Arkansans in the southern part of the state will recall participating in the filming of “Evening Shade” episodes.

At age 79, Thomason checks another accomplishment off his bucket list by becoming a first-time author.

“Brother Dog” may be purchased at the SAU Bookstore and SAU Beyond the Campus beginning November 1, and will be available for purchase at the event on November 4.

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