Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lauretta Hannon, Author of Southern Memoir “The Cracker Queen,” to Appear at Fayette County Public Library June 11

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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Friday, May 22, 2009

"The King James Conspiracy" Release Party – May 26

Is “The King James Conspiracy” the second coming of "The Name of the Rose?"

Readers will have a chance to find out on Tuesday, May 26 when the Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, holds a 6:30 p.m. release party for Clayton State Theater Director Philips DePoy's 11th novel, "The King James Conspiracy." (St. Martin’s Press, $25.95)

Since DePoy's latest work is an historical novel/murder mystery set in 17th Century England and centered on a group of scholars assigned by King James I to create a definitive English translation of the Bible, there are clearly similarities to Umberto Eco's classic 1983 historical novel/detective story, set in a northern Italian abbey in 1327. And while Eco’s novel is justly famous, there are few authors who can top DePoy for creativity.

For more information on the release party, call the Eagle Eye Book Shop’s George Scott at (404) 486-0307.

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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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Fayette: Young Authors Win at Competition

Three possible up and coming authors have been recognized through the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition.

Tyler S. Patrick, first grade, Hood Avenue Primary; Ian Fertig, second grade, Braelinn Elementary; and Laura Wu, fifth grade, Kedron Elementary all had winning entries at the Griffin RESA district level, which includes Butts, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding and Thomaston-Upson counties.

The contest, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. One winner is selected from each grade level. Any type of writing can be entered. Entries may be short stories, poetry, essays, journals, personal narratives, reports or any other original student writing. District winners advance to compete at the state level.

The purposes of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition are to encourage students to develop writing that represents their best efforts, provide a context for schools to support and celebrate the writing successes of all students, and encourage and recognize student achievement in writing throughout Georgia.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Phillip DePoy, Author of New Historical Mystery Novel “The King James Conspiracy,” to Appear at Fayette County Public Library

Saturday, May 30 at 1:00 p.m.

Multi-talented Atlanta author Phillip DePoy returns to the Fayette County Public Library on Saturday, May 30 at 1:00 p.m. to read from and talk about his new novel, “The King James Conspiracy.” 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.

“The King James Conspiracy” is set in 1605 England. The story hinges on an intricate and murderous plot to suppress the creation of the King James Bible. Although the story is fictional, it features numerous real-life historical figures. New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry (“The Venetian Betrayal”) has said “‘The King James Conspiracy’ is smart, detailed, and highly entertaining. The story resonates, blending myth with reality, tragedy with triumph, and history with passion into a compelling tale. Phillip DePoy clearly knows what he’s doing.” Booklist compares the novel to Umberto Eco’s contemporary classic “The Name of the Rose,” calling “The King James Conspiracy” “a splendid mixture of history and mystery, with vibrant characters and some solid twists and turns.”

Phillip DePoy is the author of ten novels (in two critically acclaimed mystery series featuring Atlanta private eye Flap Tucker and North Georgia folklorist Fever Devilin), two published plays, and 37 theatre pieces that have seen production throughout the United States. His stage adaptation of “Easy,” the first Flap Tucker novel, received the 2003 Edgar Award for Best Play from the Mystery Writers of America. “Too Easy” was a finalist for the Private Eye Writers of America’s Shamus Award in 1999. Mr. DePoy is currently director of theatre at Clayton State University.

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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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Christian Writers Group Working on a Book

Linda Jennings of Newnan has been working hard in forming and running a new group for Christian writers in Coweta and nearby. The members are also busy now collaborating on the production of a book which will consist of a collection of short stories they will write. They will be discussing this book at their next meeting, which will be held on Monday June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Coweta Community Church, 310 Farmers Industrial Blvd. (the 34 Bypass). There will also be time during the meeting for watching a film of an author's talk at a writers conference. Info: Linda at 770-304-0282 or email at lajennings@charter.net. The Coweta Community Church can be contacted at 770-252-1616 or ccclife@gmail.com.

- Forrest Shultz
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