Thursday, December 9, 2010

Canton, Ga. Resident Writes Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia

“Crossroads of Conflict” book signing Dec. 16 at Yawns Book Store

Soleil Laurel Canyon resident, Rich Elwell of Canton recently completed the book “Crossroads of Conflict” A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia”. The book details the impact of the Civil War in Georgia and its influence in the United States’ most tragic conflict. The book is published by UGA Press and includes a forward from University of Georgia former athletic director and football coach, Vince Dooley.

Elwell, a former program coordinator and administrator for the Georgia Civil War Commission, retired command historian for the Georgia Army National Guard and current historian for the Georgia State Defense Force, penned the book with Barry Brown, a heritage tourism specialist for the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The two will be signing copies of the book at Yawns Book Store in historic downtown Canton on Dec. 16 from 5-7 p.m.

Based on a comprehensive survey of sites identified by the Georgia Civil War Commission in 2000, “Crossroads of Conflict” covers 350 historic sites in detail, bringing the experience of the Civil War to life. The full-color edition is an updated and significantly expanded version of the guide originally released by the state in 1994.

“We greatly expanded the original version,” said Elwell. “We added historical context and a lot of photos and renderings including rare images we were able to find from The University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book Library and Atlanta History Center. We really focused on images that were one-of-a-kind.”

The book is arranged geographically, separating the state into nine distinct regions. Beginning in northeast Georgia, sites are followed west to east, north to south. Detailed maps of each region are supplemented by inset maps of urban areas. For each site, the guide provides a detailed history, driving directions, online resources and GPS coordinates.

Elwell’s love of Civil War History began at young age. While just 11 years old, Elwell who lived in Orlando, Fla. had a deep desire to visit the Cyclorama in Atlanta, a panoramic painting of the Battle of Atlanta that was fought on July 22, 1864. Although his parents did not have the time to plan a family trip, his dad did put him on a bus to Atlanta by himself so that he could visit the Cyclorama.

“You’ve got to understand, it was a different time and place,” said Elwell. “This was the early 1950s. My dad paid the bus drive and told him when we got to Atlanta to get me a cab to the Cyclorama. It was a 14-hour bus drive with all of our stops. When I got to Atlanta, I spent three hours at the Cyclorama and then got back on the bus for a 14-hour ride back.”

Elwell said that the three hours spent viewing the Civil War painting was the spark that turned into a flame and the rest as they say is history.

Elwell moved to Soleil Laurel Canyon in June 2007. Far from the traditional active adult community, Soleil Laurel Canyon includes activities and clubs for every lifestyle. With a clubhouse that is equipped with a full-time, on-site lifestyle director who helps coordinate the community’s more than 50 social clubs, there is always an activity that meets the needs of the residents.

Nestled in Soleil Laurel Canyon’s expansive property are walking trails, bocce ball courts, six lighted clay tennis courts, a greenhouse and horticulture center and an outdoor amphitheatre. Soleil Laurel Canyon’s 50 social clubs which are organized by the residents, include three cooking clubs, a singing group, a garden club, quilting society and many more.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rebecca Miller Pringle on Tour for "She's Not My Mother-In-Law: She's My Husband's Mother"

Author Rebecca Miller Pringle presents an eye-opening look into the trials of building a solid life together

"She's not my mother-in-law: She's my husband's mother” presents the reader with a comprehensive picture of what one could expect after the vows are recited, the honeymoon is over, and trying to settle into a blended family becomes a much more difficult prospect than one could ever have imagined.

Anyone who’s ever been married is more than familiar with the stresses that can accompany a fresh set of in-laws. From lies to jealousy to disrespect- and even seasoned married couples- are often confronted with the ongoing drama of having to earn the acceptance of a loved one’s family members.

And sometimes, there is little to nothing anyone can do to change their minds…

We grew up with them (Our Moms) and sometimes we expect our wives to bond with them as if by magic or osmosis or some other cosmic process. Rebecca Miller Pringle spells it out in simple and understandable language, that yes, any guy can understand. So, when she has gotten on your last nerve for the very last time, get this book from Amazon and leave it for your guy just where he'll find it on his next visit to the throne. It's an easy read, not too long for his manly attention span and he will clearly get the message! “Sometimes we just don't get it”- Loring Jermain

Rebecca is the founder of Miller Mediators & Arbitrators. They provide individuals with assistance in resolving their legal disputes in and out of court. This new alternative method of dispute resolution is court approved, less expensive, and quicker than traditional law suits. Rebecca uses her legal background to address common tensions found in extended families with her new book.

Author's Upcoming Events

Fayette County Library-Aspiring Writers Night
9 October 2010 1-4pm
1821 Park Place Court, Fayetteville, GA

Fort McPherson PX-AAFES
13 October 2010 11am-2pm
Mini Mall-Bldg. 135
404-753-6258

Nubian Bookstore
29 October 2010 4-7pm
1000 Southlake Mall, Morrow, GA

Bell, Book & Candle
November-TBD
45 John Frank Ward Blvd
McDonough, GA
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New GA Publishing House Offers Traditional Book Publication

In a day and age when self-publishing and digital print-on-demand are the options to which many authors feel they must resort, a new publishing house in Georgia holds the line on traditional publication methods. Presswork Publications of Toccoa released its first book in June of this year. Alexandra: A Williams Family Journal traces the historic journey of two Mennonite teenagers forced to run their family farm and take care of their younger siblings when their parents pass away.

Alexandra is just the first of several books already set for release by Presswork in a variety of genres. Drummer Danny, a fictional children's tale of a Southern drummer boy interspersed with educational teaching points about The War Between the States, will hit the shelves in September. Next will be Sautee Shadows, the carefully researched first novel in of the romantic Georgia Gold trilogy set in Clarkesville and Savannah during the mid-1800s, quickly followed by a modern series of children's books enlivening farm animals, written by eco-friendly Barb Bolen.

While the first two books have Christian overtones, the Georgia Gold trilogy, while inspirational, is a mainstream release, as the Bolen series will be. According to Presswork founder and publisher Jessica Handwork, the manuscript selection process is determined by niche marketing.

Handwork, who owns Aisling Bookstore in Toccoa, registered Presswork Publications as an American publisher more than two years ago. She was not sure at that time when she'd get Presswork rolling, but after Stephanie Ayers brought her the Alexandra manuscript in summer of 2009, Handwork couldn't put it out of her mind. "I decided I needed to focus on publishing," she says. "Aisling Group is our overarching company. Now I'm seeing things from two views, which a normal publisher wouldn't, because of our bookstore. I'm able to ask myself, 'what causes me to buy a book?'" That in turn leads to informed publishing and marketing decisions.

Presswork is already staffed with an acquisitions editor and a substantive/layout editor. Substantive editor Denise Weimer says of the company, "Both Jessica and I feel that while self-publishing and print-on-demand are viable options for many authors, there are sometimes drawbacks or pitfalls involved. Some publishers out there do not offer full support for their clients. We want to create a company where writers can feel confident that if their material is selected for publication, their publishing process will be respectful, traditional, and comprehensive."

Presswork offers authors book signing tours, national print and electronic publicity campaigns, and social media promotion including Facebook, LinkedIn, Scribd, and Twitter. Booksellers may purchase Presswork releases wholesale through Ingram and Baker & Taylor. Books are also available on Amazon.com and at Presswork's web site at www.pressworkpublications.com.
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Friday, September 24, 2010

Ben Halpert Goes Old School to Keep Kids Safe Online with New Book: The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Family Gets a Computer

/PRNewswire/ -- Teaching children online safety begins long before kids create their first Facebook page and Ben Halpert has written a new book to bring that message home. On October 1, 2010, in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Savvy Cyber Kids, Inc., an Atlanta based 501c3, will release its first book for young children, The Savvy Cyber Kids At Home: The Family Gets A Computer. Using traditional early childhood education tools, parents have a new means to keep their children safe online.

Ben Halpert is no stranger to the dangers of the Internet and the anonymity it provides for those who mean harm to children. Ben spends his days as an information security practitioner for a Fortune 500 company and his nights as a champion for children in cyberspace. Seeing a void in online safety for children before they begin K-12, Ben created Savvy Cyber Kids in 2007. The organization teaches kids safety before they go online.

"Technology has become so ingrained in our lives that we entertain our children with a video or an interactive game on a mobile phone. When something becomes so familiar, it carries the false belief that it must be safe," states Ben Halpert, Founder of Savvy Cyber Kids and author of The Savvy Cyber Kids At Home: The Family Gets A Computer. "A child's immersion in today's virtual world must be accompanied by a parent, teacher, or other adult caregiver's good advice. Savvy Cyber Kids creates the tools to enable that conversation."

Savvy Cyber Kids, Inc. and others know we need to reach kids when they are young enough to listen, regardless of economic background. Organizations including the Girl Scouts of America, Web Wise Kids, the Simple Abundance Charitable Trust, the Internet Security Alliance, (ISC)2 and the National Cyber Security Alliance are giving advance praise to the book and the organization.

The Savvy Cyber Kids At Home: The Family Gets A Computer , written by Ben Halpert and illustrated by Taylor Southerland is available online at Amazon.com and through bookstores nationwide for $21.99 on October 1, 2010.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Morris Museum of Art Announces the Winners of The 2010 Porter Fleming Literary Competition

The Morris Museum of Art has announced ten winners of the 2010 Porter Fleming Literary Competition, an important regional contest that recognizes talented amateur and professional writers who reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. This year, more than three hundred entries in four categories—fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and playwriting—were submitted.

This competition, funded by the Porter Fleming Foundation and administered by the Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County, was established in 1993. The Porter Fleming Foundation was established by Berry Fleming in 1963 as a memorial to his father, Porter Fleming, a prominent Augustan and one of the city’s leading philanthropists.

“The Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County are honored to have sponsored the literary competition since its founding by Augusta author and artist Berry Fleming,” said Cobbs Nixon, a Trustee of the Academy of Richmond County. “Our hope is that this competition will foster more great writers within our city, state, and region.”

“We are, of course, very pleased to be associated in this important endeavor with our friends at the Porter Fleming Foundation,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum of Art. “The region’s literature is an unusually rich component of the culture of the South. It offers us another means of achieving understanding of the region and its people, just as the visual arts, music, and dance do.”

This year’s winners will be honored at an Awards Ceremony Saturday, September 25, at 5:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Morris Museum of Art. It is a highlight of Augusta’s annual Westobou Festival, a celebration of the arts held from September 16 through 25. All winners are invited to participate in a special literary program during the Awards Ceremony in The Morris Museum of Art Auditorium.

Fiction:

National Judge John Bridges, Author and Award-Winning Columnist and Editor

First Place ($1,000) Tom Turner, Augusta, GA – “Burnt Sugar”
Second Place ($500) Gary Carden, Sylva, NC – “Arsenic and Quince”
Third Place ($250) Paul Byall, Savannah, GA – “You Are In My Power”

Non-Fiction:

National Judge John Winters, Award-Winning Author, Columnist and Editor
First Place ($1,000) Bonnie Arndt, Jacksonville, FL – “Rhubarb”
Second Place ($500) Elizabeth Estes, Lincolnton, GA – “Becoming a Pragmatist”
No Third Place Winner

Poetry:

National Judge Dr. James Smith, Associate Professor, the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Associate Editor of The Southern Poetry Review.

First Place ($1,000) Barbara G. S. Hagerty, Charleston, South Carolina,
“The Swimmer”
Second Place ($500) Mary Alice Sharpe, Anderson, South Carolina
“The Mailman (retired) and I
No Third Place Winner

Playwriting:

National Judge Allan Gurganus, Award-Winning Author, Playwright and Teacher

First Place ($1,000) Richard Davis, Augusta, Georgia
“Sounds of the Sea in Her Little Shell Ear”
Second Place ($500) Peter DuPuis, Charleston, South Carolina
“Hail Mary”
Third Place ($250) Jonathan Cook, Martinez, Georgia
“Close to Home”

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Who's Going to Get Us Out of This Mess: First Girl President Mary America!

She’s an Orphan. She’s Smart. She’s the Leader of the Free World. And she’s 12. Meet Mary America, the first girl president of the United States. “She’s ready to serve and show us all a different perspective,” says award-winning author Carole Marsh about her newest character.

Go along on the first exciting adventure of MARY AMERICA: First Girl President of the United States as the chapters of Marsh’s newest children’s book unfold. An orphan, Mary America becomes the president at age 12, through a fluke in the law and a high IQ. You’ll also meet her grandfather, First Gramps, her pesky little brother, Josh, her Aunt Doo-Dah and her baby cousin, Prissy, among other interesting characters.

“This seemed like the perfect time for a book that helps children understand what a big job it is being president, while being entertained by how somebody their age would handle the job. I’m also passionate about subject matter that helps children dream big dreams,” Marsh adds. Each book includes great educational content for children 7 to 12 about the presidency, White House, how government works, diplomacy and much more, as well as teaching children about character traits such as integrity, dependability, responsibility, creativity, trust and friendship

As with all of Marsh’s children’s fiction titles, MARY AMERICA: First Girl President of the United States will have an assigned Accelerated Reader level, Lexile measure, Fountas & Pinnell level, and a DRA level – always important for parents and teachers.

Best-selling author Carole Marsh is CEO of Gallopade International. Her award-winning Carole Marsh Mysteries series is now 78 titles strong and her latest non-fiction series, The Student’s Civil War, is garnering great reviews. Gallopade International products have won many awards, including Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choice award and the iParenting Award for Greatest Products. For more information, go to www.gallopade.com or call 800-536-2438.

“Saying What You Must:” Free Poetry Workshop at Fayette County Public Library

Starting Monday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.

The Fayette County Public Library invites adults and high school students to participate in a free four-week poetry writing workshop titled “Saying What You Must.” The course takes place at the library on four consecutive Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., starting on Monday, September 13 and running through Monday, October 4. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space in the class is limited, so advance enrollment is strongly encouraged. Please call the library at 770-461-8841 or sign up in person by Tuesday, September 7.

The workshop includes study of the work of several contemporary poets, including Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, Ted Kooser, William Carlos Williams, James Wright, Czeslaw Milosz, Robert Bly, Anne Sexton, Lucille Clifton, William Stafford, Raymond Carver, Maxine Kumin, and Wendell Berry, among others. Participants in the course will explore the basic elements and devices that poetry employs. But mostly they will write—both in and out of class—and share new writing with one another in a supportive atmosphere.

“Saying What You Must” is facilitated by Sara DeLuca, a Fayette County resident who has led several poetry and memoir workshops in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Georgia over the past 15 years. Ms. DeLuca’s poetry has been featured in numerous literary journals, including Emory University’s “Lullwater Review.” Her poetry collection, “Songs From an Inland Sea,” was published by Acorn Whistle Press in 1998. She is also the author of a girlhood memoir, “Dancing the Cows Home,” published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. This story has been adapted for the stage, and produced by theatres in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is scheduled for production by West Georgia Children’s Theatre in Hogansville next summer.

Suggested reading for participants in “Saying What You Must” includes two well-known poetry texts: “A Poetry Handbook” by Mary Oliver, and “How To Read A Poem and Fall In Love With Poetry” by Edward Hirsch. Copies of both books are available for checkout at the Fayette County Public Library.

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.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Whit Gibbons: Book Recounts Efforts to Protect Jekyll

Author Babs McDonald
Any book that begins with the words "I love public land" and is dedicated to "the thousands of citizens who have consistently and persistently opposed... commercial, timeshare, and condominium development" on a coastal island should appeal to many people. The dedication goes on to acknowledge those "who work for the establishment, protection, and preservation of public lands everywhere." Although this book is about the commercial and political forces that threaten Jekyll Island State Park, Ga., the principles should resonate anywhere powerful individuals and corporations decide that personal profits should outweigh the preferences of the general public.

"Remember Jekyll Island" (2010, Langdon Street Press, Minneapolis, $14.95) by Babs McDonald gives an inside view of the history of what she refers to as "inappropriate planning" by the Jekyll Island Authority. The authority was created to oversee conservation, development, and management of the island. Yet some citizens became actively involved in thwarting development of the island as proposed by the authority because they thought the plan would reduce public access to the magnificent coastal habitats. A primary threat was an increase in private development and restricted-access housing areas. Jekyll Island State Park is currently open to the public and belongs to all the people; the idea of private development was viewed by some as unacceptable.

I feel certain that a book written by the Jekyll Island Authority about their process of decision making, planning, and management would offer explanations for the authority's actions. And such a book might be appropriate, because in McDonald's opinion the members of the authority have "got some 'splainin' to do." For example, she states that the way the authority appears "to discount public opinion, deflect public scrutiny, and act with impunity may be related to its accountability to Georgia's governor."

One helpful feature of the book is the chapter titled "What You Can Do." If you don't like the way a publically owned area such as a national or state park is being treated, you can take action. Some of the suggestions are geared to Jekyll Island but they have generic applicability and would work in many different situations. For example, set up a website and let people join your effort. Give away free bumper stickers ("Save ..."). One suggestion that I am always in favor of is to contact your local newspaper or any others whose readers are interested in the ecological issue.

South Beach, Jekyll Island
And let us not forget elected officials, who often have great influence. They seem to be more attuned to the public interest when they realize that their actions are under scrutiny.

"Remember Jekyll Island" details efforts to protect a specific place. But it has general applicability to any place where public habitats and natural environments are vulnerable to political maneuvering and self-serving justification by people with an eye on personal profit.

The writings of Gifford Pinchot in 1910 express the environmental spirit that many people, probably a majority, would like to achieve. Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, is quoted in McDonald's book: "I stand for the [Teddy] Roosevelt policies because they set the common good of all of us above the private gain of some of us." In other words, a state park that thousands of people a year can enjoy is of greater value to the nation than a developed enclave accessible by only a privileged few.

Who's right and who's wrong in contests to decide how land is used sometimes depends on whom you talk to and how articulate they are in making a case for their side. At this juncture in the development prospects for Jekyll Island, it would appear that a few developers and possibly some politicians could get rich by limiting access to a state park that is currently open to the public.

Perhaps the black-hat players described in the book could justify their actions if they told their side of the story. Or perhaps Dr. McDonald's assessment is right on target and no justification is possible.

Send environmental questions to ecoviews@gmail.com. Whit Gibbons is an ecologist and environmental educator with the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. 
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You: A Writing Contest Winner?

(NAPSI)-If you've ever thought about becoming an author or professional illustrator, a new contest could be good news for you.

More than 600 novels have been published by the winners and over $30,000 in prizes awarded annually through the Writers of the Future contest. The most successful contest for aspiring writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged, it has the highest success rate in launching careers of any writing competition.

The contest was started by L. Ron Hubbard, himself one of the most successful writers of the Golden Age, and other famous science fiction authors have praised it.

What Authors Say

For example, Neil Gaiman, author of dozens of books, including "Coraline," said, "Writers of the Future has a record of nurturing and discovering writers who have gone on to make their mark in the science fiction field. Long may it continue." While Orson Scott Card, who pens the "Enders" series, among many others, said of the contest, "It's what keeps sci-fi alive."

What Winners Get

Winners receive trophies and cash prizes. They also get to attend a weeklong workshop taught by contest judges-including New York Times best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson ("Dune" series) and Sean Williams ("The Resurrected Man") and internationally acclaimed artist Stephen Hickman, each one an experienced professional in the field-providing sound advice based on hard-won experience.

About Writing

As for how to write the story, here's some advice that Hubbard himself gave an interviewer at the time of the first contest:

"There are some activities that are simply so much fun that one can't give them up. Writing is that for me. I love every opportunity to write.

"Many young writers are told to write in order to learn how to write. That is good advice. I used to find any excuse to write because I loved to do it. If I didn't have a typewriter, I wrote in longhand.

"I chose science fiction because there is great versatility in this genre. A writer must pick his medium as carefully as a painter must pick his brush and colors."

According to Joni Labaqui, contest director, there are no entry fees. All the judges see is a number assigned to a submission.

Where To Learn More

To enjoy fine sci-fi and to get an idea of the type of work that wins, you can read previous collections, available online and at bookstores. For more information, go to www.writersofthefuture.com or call (323) 466-3310.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

UWG Professor Wins Poetry Award

Dr. Greg Fraser, a UWG associate professor of English and creative writing, recently received the 46th Georgia Author of the Year Award for Poetry. The award honored Fraser’s book, Answering the Ruins.

The award, sponsored by the Georgia Writers Association, was one of many honoring a variety of Georgia authors for categories ranging from poetry to prose.

The association held a ceremony at the Kennesaw State University Center that was attended by almost 200 people. Steve Goss, the host of Morning Edition for Public Broadcasting (WABE 90.1 in Atlanta), hosted this year’s ceremony.

The author award was not the first time Fraser has been honored.

Fraser’s first book of poetry Strange Pietà (2003) won the Walt McDonald Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award.

Fraser is a recipient of a grant from National Endowment for the Arts and the Houston Arts Council.

Fraser has also written a book with fellow UWG professor Dr. Chad Davidson, Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What if Little Red Riding Hood carried an axe, and wasn’t afraid to use it?

Sisters Red
By Jackson Pearce

“This well-written, high-action adventure grabs readers and never lets go.” - School Library Journal, starred review

Young adult author Jackson Pearce gives readers a thrilling modern-day twist on the classic Grimm Brothers’ tale with her new novel Sisters Red. Scarlett and Rosie March have spent most of their lives hunting the Fenris, the race of werewolves that transform from handsome men into relentless killers. Ever since a Fenris killed their grandmother and took Scarlett’s eye in a brutal attack years ago, the sisters have honed their skills in fighting back. Donning blood-red cloaks and wielding sharp blades and hatchets, they lure out and kill the Fenris to protect other young girls from a grisly fate.

When the Fenris begin mysteriously growing their ranks and a rash of murders shakes Atlanta, the sisters move to the city in search of answers. While there, Rosie finds herself drawn to Silas, the sisters’ childhood friend who has returned to help them hunt. But as he and Rosie grow closer, their bond threatens to drive the sisters apart, potentially destroying all they’ve worked for.

An empowering story filled with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless, Sisters Red is not to be missed.

Jackson Pearce is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is now a full-time writer. At twenty-six years old, Sisters Red is already her second published novel. Jackson currently lives in Atlanta and you can visit her online at www.jacksonpearce.com.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Author Papa Moon Book Signing Event

WHEN: 6-19-10
TIME: 11 a.m.
WHERE: Books-A-Million, The Avenue at Peachtree City, Peachtree City, GA 30269
WHAT: Papa Moon, a resident of Newnan, GA, will be available to sign copies of his Children's book, My Window.

It's difficult to watch the world pass you by on a day when you can't go out to play. If you've ever had to watch your friends play without you, you will be able to identify with the little girl in My Window when you find out why she can't go out to play on this particular day.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Porter Fleming Literary Competition

Submission Deadline: July 31

The 2010 Porter Fleming Literary Competition, now in its seventeenth year, recognizes the outstanding work of writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays who reside in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina. All are invited to enter. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2010. Entry forms and guidelines can be found on www.themorris.org/porterfleming.html

“The Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County are honored to have sponsored the literary competition since its founding by Augusta author and artist Berry Fleming,” said Cobbs Nixon, a Trustee of the Academy of Richmond County. “Our hope is that this competition will foster more great writers within our city, state, and region.”

“We are, of course, very pleased to be associated in this important endeavor with our friends at the Porter Fleming Foundation,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum of Art. “The region’s literature is an unusually rich component of the culture of the South. It offers us another means of achieving understanding of the region and its people, just as the visual arts, music, and dance do.”

The writing competition is held in memory of Porter Fleming, a prominent citizen of Augusta, Georgia. In 1963, Porter Fleming’s son, Berry Fleming, who had himself achieved renown as a writer, artist, and philanthropist, established a charitable foundation in honor of his father. To this day, the Porter Fleming Foundation contributes to the educational, literary, artistic, scientific, historical, musical, and cultural enrichment of the lives of the residents of the City of Augusta and the geographical area immediately adjacent to it in Georgia and South Carolina. The literary competition is administered by the Morris Museum of Art, the first museum in the country devoted to the art and artists of the American South, with the financial support of the Porter Fleming Foundation.

Porter Fleming Literary Competition winners receive cash awards. The awards will be presented during a special literary ceremony which will be held on Saturday, September 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Morris Museum of Art auditorium. The event takes place during the Westobou Festival, an annual celebration of the Arts in Augusta, Georgia.

The Morris Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection of nearly five thousand works of art spans more than two hundred years, from the late-eighteenth century to the present. The Morris is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit www.themorris.org or call 706-724-7501.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

"The Carnegie Literary Circle" Chooses its First Book (Coweta)

The newly formed Carnegie Literary Circle has chosen its first book. “The Glass Castle – A Memoir” by Jeanette Walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of eccentric, nomadic parents--Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father. Book club members receive a discount at Scott’s Book Store in downtown Newnan. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 24th at 10:30 a.m.

“We had a wonderful response for the planning meeting” said Carnegie Media Coordinator Amy Mapel. “A book will be chosen each month by one of the members on a rotating basis”. “It’s not too late to join”!

Please call 770-683-1347 to sign up.

About the Carnegie

Newly restored by the City of Newnan, the Carnegie has brought back library type services in the downtown area. The bottom floor of the building serves as a reading room and the second floor as a meeting space. Among its many offerings, the Carnegie brings popular magazines and newspapers, computer workstations and Wi-Fi access, a gallery for local exhibits, meeting rooms with warming kitchen and programs for adults and children. The Carnegie will serve the public with a non-circulating reading room, children’s area, and an art gallery. It seeks to be an integral part of the community by offering print and electronic materials.

The Carnegie was funded by the General Fund and partly by 2007 Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The Carnegie’s cost to be renovated was over $1.5 million dollars to the city.

For more information on the Carnegie, please visit www.newnancarnegie.com or email amapel@cityofnewnan.org

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Third Annual Writers Conference in the Historic Village at Indian Springs‏ April 23-24

Award-winning authors join aspiring writers in the charming Village at Indian Springs in Middle Georgia to share the secrets of how books get made. Writer Dr. Anne B. Jones has planned an exciting program that includes professional writers, editors, and publishers. Small, intimate sessions mean more time to rub elbows with the speakers: Dale Cramer, Rosemary Daniell, Louise Staman, Dr. Anne B. Jones, Peter Bowerman, Beverly Browning, Jackie Lee Miles, William Rawlings, Jr., Patricia Sprinkle, Jackie Cooper.

It's all about passing along the stories of how these professionals got published; what they learned along the way; what helped them break into the business; and what pitfalls lie ahead for any writer in today's economy. Sessions include discussions on doing research; choosing your words carefully; writing memoirs; marketing and promoting your book once it is published; landing more lucrative freelance writing assignments; what the life of a writer is really like; what makes a book a thriller; writing the mystery; how to stay motivated and complete your manuscript; how to solve a murder; using your writing to heal your own life; turning your own life into a great book; writing the inspirational novel; and knowing what a publisher wants. Professional editors, designers, and publishers will be on hand to weigh the idea of self-publishing against traditional publishing. A full schedule can be viewed at www.thevillageatindiansprings.com/gallery. Conference registration starts at 2:00 pm Friday afternoon.

The two-day seminar is offered at a special reduced price of $100 this year and includes access to all seminars, book signing events, and meals. Space is limited to make the interaction more personal. Call Phase One / Generations Gallery to register by phone at 1-800-352-7212. or mail your check to Generations Gallery, attn: Writers Conference,1825 Hwy 42 South, Flovilla GA 30216. MasterCard, Visa, Discover accepted.

Charming cottages are available in The Village at reduced rates for conference attendees. Call 770-775-5350 to register at The Big Chief Country Store. Additional accommodations are available inside Indian Springs State Park at www.gastateparks.org/info/indspr or in nearby Jackson GA. Rooms are available at special reduced rate for the writers conference at Plantation Inn & Suites at www.plantationinnjackson.com



EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

An OPEN MIC Event will be hosted by Generation Gallery Writers Group on Friday evening. Reception starts at 5:00 pm and is open to the public as well as seminar attendees. You are invited to read from your latest work. Call 1-800-352-7212 to register. The informal, cozy setting at the gallery is an ideal format to receive feedback from a supportive audience.

GENERATIONS GALLERY hosts a free on-going writer’s workshop every Saturday from 1-4 pm. Art classes and free workshops in an open studio environment makes this resort gallery/gift shop a favorite destination for year-round fun. See the website for details or call 1-800-352-7212 for more information. Nearby activities include Indian Springs State Park, the 100 acre lake with swimming, boating, and fishing, Dauset Trails' free wildlife exhibits, RV and cabins, hiking and bike trails, kayak rentals and the Museum and Garden Tours. Bring the family and plan to stay for a weekend of fun while you learn about writing. Writing Group Moderator, Patsy Clark, can be reached through the gallery at 770-775-7916 on weekends. Hours: Friday 10 am -5 pm; Saturday 10am -5 pm, all other days by appointment only. Generations Gallery Staff can be reached by phone anytime at 770-227-4002 through Phase One Design Services Inc, 282 Fox Rd., Griffin GA 30224.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Local Poet Speaks from the Heart

In his first book of poetry, The Heart Of The Poet, Lawrence (Larry) B. Jones, a Jackson resident, lays bare some very familiar truths that we all feel, but perhaps unconsciously, choose to deny - often for a lifetime. This ordinary man, now retired from a career in business management, asks us to step out of character...to listen to his words with our hearts ...to find what rings true for every man. He doesn't use fancy words, or write poems that are too hard to follow. He makes sense - balancing honest, everyday words into thought provoking poetry. His look at life is refreshingly simple, yet profound.

His book has just recently been published and is available exclusively at GENERATIONS GALLERY in The Village at Indian Springs, Flovilla. Larry started coming to the writers' group meetings, led by Patsy Clark, on Saturday afternoons at the Gallery about a year ago. "Poetry was something new for me," explains Larry, " and while we work together on many styles in the group, and I read from the other books I am writing, there was encouragement from the others to try my hand at poetry. I am glad I did."

Lawrence Jones is a published writer and photographer, who was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1938. He attended Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1966, he trained at the University of New Mexico for VISTA and served as a Volunteer in Service to America in Arizona until 1968. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the State University of New York in Saratoga Springs in 1990. Well traveled in the United States, his first collection of poetry is primarily based on his life experiences.

The gallery encourages local artists and writers and sponsors the ANNUAL WRITERS CONFERENCE on April 23-24th, bringing professional writers to Butts County to speak on a variety of subjects: how to improve writing skills; writing your life story; how to get published; how to finish your manuscripts and more. A full description of the sessions is available at www.theVillageatIndianSprings.com/gallery or you may call 1-800-352-7212 for more information.

If you want to publish your work, contact the gallery at 770-775-7916. The gallery is open on weekends, Friday and Saturday from 10:00-am - 5:00 pm or by appointment. The Heart of a Poet by Lawrence B. Jones is published by GENERATIONS GALLERY / Phase One Design Services, and is available for $18.95.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Authors Dianna Love and Mary Buckham Present Free Workshop for Aspiring Fiction Writer

Fayette County Public Library on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Award winning author Mary Buckham and New York Times best-selling author Dianna Love visit the Fayette County Public Library on Tuesday, April 13 to present a free workshop for aspiring fiction writers. The two-hour program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the library meeting room.

What makes a great story? Why do some stories fall apart before they get started? Once you have a manuscript that is ready to go, what’s the next step? How has publishing changed in the past year? Mary Buckham and Dianna Love will answer these questions and many more, plus share a sample worksheet from their new book, “Break Into Fiction,” based on their successful national writing workshops. Copies of “Break Into Fiction” will be available for purchase at the event, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Dianna Love lives in Peachtree City. Her first book, “Worth Every Risk,” published under the name Dianna Love Snell, won ten awards including the prestigious RITA Award. Her second release was “Phantom in the Night,” a romantic thriller she co-wrote with best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon as part of the ongoing Bureau of American Defense (BAD) Agency stories. Love’s partnership with Kenyon continues, with two more novels and an upcoming novella so far in the BAD Agency series.

Mary Buckham lives in the state of Washington. Her novels of romantic suspense include “Invisible Recruit” and “The Makeover Mission.” Prior to getting her fiction published, Buckham enjoyed a successful career as an editor and a freelance writer of nonfiction.

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, March 4, 2010

Jackie Gingrich Cushman Nominated for Georgia Author of the Year Award

/PRNewswire/ -- Author, columnist, speaker and founder of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation, Jackie Gingrich Cushman has been nominated for a Georgia Writer's Association (GWA) Georgia Author of the Year Award for her book, 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours, which she co-authored in 2009 with her father, former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The book has been nominated in the Creative Non-Fiction category, and the winner is set to be announced in June at the GAYA ceremony.

"As a longtime resident of Georgia, it's an honor to be nominated by the Georgia Writer's Association this year for a book that has such importance to me and my family, and was inspired by the students in the Learn, Earn and Achieve program run by the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation," said Cushman. "5 Principles for a Successful Life can help every reader move closer to achieving their dreams, and I'm thrilled about the opportunity to share its message with fellow Georgians."

In 5 Principles for a Successful Life, Cushman and her father show how one can live life to the fullest by following just five principles: Dream Big, Work Hard, Learn Every Day, Enjoy Life and Be True to Yourself.

In addition to being an author, Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, writing a weekly column that focuses on current events and political issues from a mom's perspective, and is a sought-after public speaker represented by WorldWide Speakers Group. Cushman serves on The Georgia Advisory Council for the Trust for Public Land, the board of Genesis: A New Life, and the board of the Learning Makes a Difference Foundation. She has been a guest on the Mike Huckabee Show, Geraldo At Large, Fox and Friends, CNN and NPR.

The Georgia Writer's Association was founded in 1994, sponsoring conferences, seminars, and monthly writing workshops. GWA is currently housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.

GWA sponsors the annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA), first given in 1964 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists. Commercially and independently published authors from Georgia are eligible for nomination. Awards in a variety of categories are announced and presented at the GAYA ceremony.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Poet Chad Davidson is the Next Author in the Clayton State Visiting Writers Reading Series

On Thursday, Mar. 4 at 6:30 p.m., the spring 2010 Visiting Writers Reading Series at Clayton State University continues with poet Chad Davidson reading in room B14 of the Lecture Hall.

The Visiting Writers Reading Series is sponsored by the Clayton State Department of English under the direction of Assistant Professor of English Dr. Brigitte Byrd. Davidson’s reading is sponsored in part by the Georgia Writers Registry through a LEGG (Literary Event Grants of Georgia) grant, and is free and open to the public.

An associate professor of literature and creative writing at the University of West Georgia, Davidson is the author of The Last Predicta (2008) and Consolation Miracle (2003). Both published by Southern Illinois University Press. He is the co-author, with Gregory Fraser, of Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Prior to his reading on Mar. 4, Davidson will visit Byrd’s Advanced Poetry Writing class at 5 p.m.

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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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Poet Chad Davidson is the Next Author in the Clayton State Visiting Writers Reading Series

On Thursday, Mar. 4 at 6:30 p.m., the spring 2010 Visiting Writers Reading Series at Clayton State University continues with poet Chad Davidson reading in room B14 of the Lecture Hall.

The Visiting Writers Reading Series is sponsored by the Clayton State Department of English under the direction of Assistant Professor of English Dr. Brigitte Byrd. Davidson’s reading is sponsored in part by the Georgia Writers Registry through a LEGG (Literary Event Grants of Georgia) grant, and is free and open to the public.

An associate professor of literature and creative writing at the University of West Georgia, Davidson is the author of The Last Predicta (2008) and Consolation Miracle (2003). Both published by Southern Illinois University Press. He is the co-author, with Gregory Fraser, of Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Prior to his reading on Mar. 4, Davidson will visit Byrd’s Advanced Poetry Writing class at 5 p.m.

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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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

They’re “Stealing Dixie” at Clayton State Tomorrow Night

Clayton State Theatre Director Phillip DePoy invites theatre and Civil War enthusiasts to the first-ever professional reading of “Stealing Dixie,” his latest commission from Marietta’s Theatre in the Square, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 in the Clayton State Theatre (room G132 of the Arts & Sciences Building). This event is free and open to the public.

Professional actors - including DePoy’s brother Scott DePoy - and Clayton State senior theatre majors Kalani Fraser and David Henry, will read from the “Stealing Dixie” script. Following the reading, the audience will have the chance to critique the work.

“This is a rare opportunity to see a play in its formative stages before it goes into production,” shares DePoy.

Based on a true Civil War event, the action behind “Stealing Dixie” follows the ill-fated Union men lead by civilian James Andrews as they plan and execute the theft of the Confederate train The General in an effort to end the Civil War without violence. As history records, The General’s Confederate engineer pursued them (at times on foot) until their capture. Given that the men boarded the train in Marietta, it seems fitting that should there be a play written about the event, and that it should be performed where the fateful ride began.

According to DePoy, “Stealing Dixie” uses a two act format to offer “two terrific, conflicting points of view” of one of history’s most notable dichotomies: Act one: the Union; Act two: the Confederacy.

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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