Myra Lewis Williams is still promoting her book released more than a year ago.
Written with Linda Hughes, “The Spark that Survived” debuted in Feb. 2016. On May 2, Williams — the third wife and second cousin of famous singer and songwriter Jerry Lee Lewis — will be in Sandy Springs with Hughes to discuss the book.
The two will be at “Titles @ Twilight,” a monthly event promoting local authors writing with various perspectives about history and the South. The discussion will be held in the Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House at 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. The session with Williams and Hughes will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“Titles @ Twilight” describes the book as a memoir of “unflinching, down-to-earth, humorous, Southern storytelling that reveals how (Williams) crawled out of the darkness and came to stand in the light of building a new life for herself.”
Williams says the book is about “how to overcome life's worst tragedies and your own dumbass decisions."
Williams — then Myra Gale Brown — married the rock-and-roll star Lewis in 1958 when she was just 13. The marriage was controversial and tabloids ripped into Lewis when the marriage was discovered while he was touring in England.
“They were looking for a place to stick the knife into rock & roll. And Jerry gave it to them—well, I did, I opened my mouth. That’s exactly what it was,” Williams told Alan Light for a 2014 story on Medium.
Williams and Lewis would divorce in 1970. She now lives in Duluth.