The Fayette County Public Library is pleased to present Georgia author and National Public Radio (NPR) commentator Lauretta Hannon on Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. to read from and talk about her new memoir of growing up Southern, “The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life.” Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, compliments of the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library.
What is a Cracker Queen? A Cracker Queen is a strong, authentic Southern woman who holds her head up high, has a raucous sense of humor, and raises Cain when a line is crossed. She knows loss and hurt first-hand; these things have made her beautiful, resourceful and, above all, real.
In “The Cracker Queen,” Lauretta Hannon tells of her tumultuous upbringing in Warner Robins and Savannah, and explains why a Cracker Queen is the “anti-Southern–belle.” Young Lauretta was handed lemons and made the sweetest, tartest lemonade she could. Her entertaining stories of Crazy Aunt Carrie, The Goat Man, her own Mama smuggling cigarettes to chain gangs, and the more unsavory parts of Savannah will make you laugh, cry, and raise a toast. In “The Cracker Queen,” Hannon proves that all Southern families may not be created equal, but they do all know a thing or two about surviving hard times.
Lauretta Hannon is a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered,” where her stories reach 25.5 million listeners. Over the years she has contributed pieces to newspapers across the Southeast. Lauretta has also worked as the vice president of an advertising agency, a fortune teller, an independent radio producer, a cocktail waitress, a writing instructor, and a marketing consultant. Just this year, she left her day job at Atlanta Technical College in order to pursue a fulltime writing career. Hannon also offers writing workshops through her Down Home Writing School.
The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841.
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