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Local Author Jim Jordan Reading & Book Signing

Jim Jordan will read from his latest work,  The Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and Other Tales of the African Slave Trade at 4 pm followed by a book signing. The book will be available for sale at the event. No reservations required. Read below for more information on the author.

When financial system consultant Jim Jordan retired from New York to South Carolina, he planned to spend his days on the golf course. However, due to a dysfunction in the coordination between the physical and the mental, Jim failed miserably at the game. Instead, Jordan launched a new career as a southern historian and can be found amid the stacks of the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah.

Jordan was raised far from sweet tea and Spanish moss on Long Island, New York. He received his bachelor’s and master’s from Pace University in New York and is a certified public accountant. He spent his professional career in New York and England working in the financial and computer systems fields.

From finance to history is a big career jump. 

"When I took the effort to read more about my new surroundings," said Jordan, "I realized that the South I was learning about was quite different than the one I had studied in school. I needed to know more about it—the good and the bad. During my research, I felt like I was peeling away the layers of an onion to fully understand the time and place.”

Jordan has lived on Callawassie Island, South Carolina with his wife Kathleen since 1994. The move ushered in a whole new life for Jordan as an historian, author, and public speaker. His non-fiction work, The Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and Other Tales of the African Slave Trade (January 2018), is published by the University of Georgia Press ( and is part of their “UnCivil Wars Series.”

Jordan has also written two historical novels: Savannah Grey: A Tale of Antebellum Georgia (2007); and Penny Savannah: A Tale of Civil War Georgia (2016). His articles have been published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly and the Journal of Military History.

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