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For Crazy Elvis Fans Who Want to Meet His Cousin

If you're still reading, author/actress (Seriously. She's on IMDB.) and Elvis's cousin Edie Hand will be at Borders Saturday to sign copies of her latest novellas A Christmas Ride: The Miracle of Lights and The Soldier's Ride. Although those don't have anything to do with Elvis, she has paid homage to the Hillbilly Cat through works like Elvis: Precious Memories, All Cooked Up: Recipes, Memories from Elvis' Friends and Family, and The Genuine Elvis: Photos and Untold Stories About the King, the last of which she described in an interview with the Memphis Flyer:

"Twelve years ago, I worked with the Elvis fan clubs, helping them collaborate on a Presley family and friends cookbook. Then one day, Ronnie and Joe and I were talking about making something new for the fans, and I said, well, I'll check into it. We found a lot of real stories that hadn't been told. Louise Smith hadn't shared her stories with anyone else."

Louise Smith was married to Elvis's other cousin, Gene Smith. While it may seem like Hand's just another relative milking her genetic connection till the bitter end, she actually donates a lot of her profits to various organizations like St. Jude's, Camp Smile-A-Mile, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. She'll be signing books from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Borders, located at 2240 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

In other South Florida Elvis news: There will be an Alfred Wertheimer photo exhibit in April at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Read more here.

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Erica K. Landau

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