Monday, September 21, 2009

New Fiction Portrays Gripping Life Story

If you could reinvent your life, how would you do it? In her new book releasing this month, “What About the Children?” Georgia author Alice Heath-Gladden explores a fictionalized life story, uncovering wounds so deep that only she could go there.

After both parents die within a few months of each other, Alisha Copper and her three brothers are summarily separated and placed in orphanages. How could these siblings, so geographically separated, ever be reunited? The story's twists and turns are mixed with tragedy after tragedy, all overcome by the unlikely advantage of the Copper Children's beginning.

Mary Ball, of Alexandria, Virginia, says, “This poignant and deeply moving story of orphans spoke to me. Their separation at an early age, and Alisha's determination and pursuit of music, paralleled with her brothers' struggles and triumphs will stay with you long after you've finished their story. Its authenticity will touch your heart as it takes you into the lives of the amazing people who enter their lives to nurture and to heal. I loved this book.”

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available at any bookstore nationwide or can be ordered through the publisher at or by visiting, or This is also an eLIVE title, meaning each copy contains a code redeemable for a free audio version from eLIVE – Listen, Imagine, View, and Experience!

Heath-Gladden worked for many years in the military housing industry and currently resides in Newnan, Georgia.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Clayton State Visiting Writers Reading Series for Fall 2009 Semester

The Clayton State University Department of English’s popular Visiting Writers Reading Series features three authors reading their works this semester.

The series opened last week with Dr. Brigitte Byrd, Clayton State assistant professor of English, reading from her just-published third book of poems, “Song of a Living Room.” (Ahsahta Press).

“In writing `Song of a Living Room,’ my field of inquiry was a couple who step into a relationship as one steps into a magic circle -- more accurately in their case, they step into a Celtic knot -- which opens an imaginary world to them, a world they create, a world that also creates them, a world that forces them to create each other, a world that blurs time and space, a world in which they escape reality, a world in which they may lose themselves.,” explains Byrd. “Because prose poetry is a form that is natural to me, a form I love, I wrote `Song of a Living Room’ as a series of prose poems revolving around these two characters.”

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On Thursday, Oct. 8, Clayton State’s foremost mystery artist, Clayton State Theater Director Phillip DePoy, will introduce the Visiting Writers Reading Series to “The King James Conspiracy,” (St. Martin’s Press) his acclaimed new novel that’s, according to Atlanta Magazine, a dizzying mix of historical facts and figments of the author’s imagination.

Set in 17th Century England, the story centers on a group of scholars assigned by King James I to create a definitive English translation of the Bible, what has become known as the King James edition of the Bible. When one of the scholars is murdered and mutilated, DePoy leads the story into, not surprisingly, a conspiracy.

DePoy will be reading 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 200 of the Clayton State Library. For more information, go to

Finally, on Thursday, Nov. 19, in room 272 of the Baker Center, poet/photographer Kate Greenstreet will read from her latest work, also recently published by Ahsahta Press (, “The Last 4 Things.” For more information, go to

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Author Alice Heath-Gladden Book Signing at Books-A-Million PTC

Heath-Gladden will be available to sign copies of her novel, "What About the Children?" at Books-A-Million, 258 City Cir., Peachtree City, 9/26/09, 2-4 p.m.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Author Joseph Skillin Book Signing Event

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Carestone at Mount Zion,
7493 Mount Zion Blvd.,
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Skillin will be available to sign copies of his book, "Confessions of a Caregiver: When Alzheimer's Comes to Your Home."

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Southern Women Writers Conference Draws Top Authors, Emerging Talents

Some of the most distinctive voices in Southern literature will gather on the world’s largest college campus, Sept. 24-26, for the 2009 Southern Women Writers Conference. Two Pulitzer Prize winners – poet Natasha Trethewey and playwright Marsha Norman – will headline the biennial celebration, which is hosted by Berry College.

The Southern Women Writers Conference is dedicated to showcasing the works of well known and emerging Southern women writers, expanding the literary canon, and developing critical and theoretical understandings of traditions and innovations in Southern women’s writing. The theme for this year’s event is “Many Souths: Remembering, Sustaining, Creating,” which invites attendees to explore the distinctive ways in which Southern women have used the written word to evoke indelible images defined by such factors as geography, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexuality and spirituality.

Joining Trethewey and Norman on this year’s program are Natalie Daise and Connie May Fowler. Daise is one of the masterminds behind the Nickelodeon program Gullah Gullah Island, while Fowler’s novel, Before Women Had Wings, was adapted into an Emmy-Award winning film produced by Oprah Winfrey. Also on hand will be Sarah Gordon, one of the foremost experts on the life and work of Flannery O’Connor, and Melissa Fay Greene, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the Lillian Smith Award for Praying for Sheetrock and a two-time finalist for the National Book Award. Other featured authors include Allison Hedge Coke, a noted poet, memoirist and anthologist of Indigenous American and European descent; Judith Ortiz Cofer; Thulani Davis, Sharyn McCrumb; and Mab Segrest.

Also featured will be emerging writers with local roots. Several Berry alumni will participate, including Joanna Grant, Berry’s first Rhodes Scholar, and Alicia Clavell, editor of a new journal, Southern Women’s Review, inspired by her past participation in the conference. The journal made its debut in July and is available for download at It features a variety of material including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and photography. Submissions are welcome.

“As an undergraduate at Berry, I had the opportunity to work at the very first conference and have been back almost every year since,” Clavell explained. “This is my first year as a reader at the conference, and I couldn't be more excited … or nervous.”

Registration for the full conference is $175. Student and Saturday-only registration is $90. Call 706-368-6996 or e-mail for more information. Online registration and event details are available at

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Are you ready to be ‘Fabulous Over Forty’?

Does aging have to define and limit women in the middle of their lives? According to author Josie Slaton Terry in her new book “Fabulous Over Forty,” No!

“Getting older is the expression of our best self,” she says. With the right attitude and activity, Terry claims, women can be more powerful as the years stack up. In hope for new dreams being birthed and old ones being fulfilled, “Fabulous Over Forty” can be a middle-aged woman’s best friend. Terry’s goal is to let the 40-something female of today know that time is still on her side and that the aging process is as beautiful on the outside as the heart on the inside.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available at any bookstore nationwide or can be ordered through the publisher at, or by visiting, or “Fabulous Over Forty” is also an eLIVE title, meaning each copy contains a code redeemable for a free audio version from eLIVE – Listen, Imagine, View, and Experience!

Born in Woodbury, Ga., Terry has lived and worked most of her life in Atlanta. She is a business owner, graphic designer, writer, and speaker who is aging quite well. She is the organizer and founder of the Atlanta based Integrity Networking Group for Business Support. Terry’s “Fabulous Over Forty” journey has spurred her desire to age well and accomplish her goals by sending one message to women 40 and over… “It is never too late.”

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