While other teens hope for a high school job bagging groceries or working in a local retail outlet, Andy Kite has done something unusual. He spent his entire summer traveling to small towns in rural Georgia, interviewing long-time residents, and photographing each town's most interesting sites. Each trip began with a visit to the local public library, and research continued after returning home. This "job" produced the book, Vanishing Towns of Rural Georgia (2009 Andy Kite) which is out today.
Vanishing Towns of Rural Georgia is a history and photography book. It is aimed at people of any age who enjoy small town Americana. Carefully written, photographed, edited, and entirely produced by this 16 year-old, the book highlights 14 "dying" Georgia towns including Auroria, Boneville, Buckhead, Chauncey, Cohutta, Culloden, DeSoto, Elko, Kite, Newton, Norristown, Omaha, Penfield, and Sharon. The book contains detailed information, historic anecdotes, and photographs of what these places are like today. It portrays the author's deep love of and curiosity about the rural South.
Andy Kite is an eleventh grade student at Etowah High School in Cherokee County, Georgia. He also attends Kennesaw State University in the Joint Enrollment Honors Program. Andy is available for interviews and may be contacted at the numbers above.
Books are available for individual or bulk purchase from:
Indigo Publishing Group, LLC
Henry S. Beers, Publisher
435 Second Street, Suite 320
Macon GA 31201
Vanishing Towns of Rural Georgia
ISBN: (13 digit) 978-1-934144-64-0
(10 digit) 1-934144-64-9
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