Latest Events and News Items.....
The 24th Annual Authors Luncheon
Once again Mercer University Press is sponsoring the Annual Author's Luncheon, this year at the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta on Saturday, December 7, 2013. I am honored to be one of the signing authors, a small flicker beside such well-know literary luminaries as Pat Conroy, Terry Kay and others. It should be a great event for lovers of books and literature, and equally importantly, is a fund raising event for Mercer Press.
If you're interested in attending, please click Here for more details. There is a dinner the night before with a chance to meet and talk with your favorite authors in a more relaxed setting, but seating is limited. Inquire early if you might want to attend this event as well.
A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff continues to do well, with great revues. Dink NeSmith, president of Community Newspapers Inc. and chairman of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, recently gave it a positive recommendation in the Athens Banner-Herald's Online Athens.
The current work-in-progress on the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s is progressing well. I've read dozens of books, spent hours pouring over old records in libraries and on-line, and visited Pulaski, Tennessee, the site of the founding of the Klan in 1866. The whole saga is pretty amazing--I'm learning a lot and I hope you will as well once the book is out.
"The NSA and Degrees of Separation"
New Blog Commentary Posted
Do the recent revelations that the National Security Agency has been engagign in domestic spying--allegedly seeking terrorist plots--bother you? It bothers me. And what bothers me the most is the seeming attempt to establish guilt (or suspicion) by association. If you have any connection with someone being watched, then you're being watched as well. Click on "Interesting Things" above to read more.
A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff
My current book, A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff: The Great Recession and the Death of Small Town Georgia, is available from Mercer University Press, amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other major book outlets. Click on the name in yellow to be taken to the appropriate web page for each seller. For those who prefer e-books, electronic editions are available for Kindle and Nook, from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, respectively. Here's the book description from the dust jacket:
A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff recounts the rise and fall of Georgia’s rural population as told through the story of Charles Graves Rawlings. His life followed the fortunes of cotton-based agriculture and Georgia’s small towns after the Civil War. From modest beginnings as a liveryman, Rawlings acquired nearly 40,000 acres of land, as well as a bank, a railroad, and diverse other businesses. By 1920, he was one of the state’s wealthier men, with a loving wife and family, and powerful political connections. Five years later he was facing a life sentence for his role in the alleged murder of his first cousin, Gus Tarbutton.
The growth of wealth in rural Georgia during the first two decades of the twentieth century was dramatic, as was the economic crash of the so-called Great Recession of 1920/1921. While the rest of the nation recovered rapidly, transitioning to the era of the Roaring Twenties, the rural South remained mired in social and financial despair. The forces that led to this economic whipsaw were multiple, including the loosening of credit and inflation that accompanied and followed World War I, the effective monetization of cotton as a commodity, the competition for labor from the industrialized North, and the bubble in cotton prices that burst in 1920. Although the boll weevil arrived in the state in 1915, it was only in 1921 that the pest began to severely affect the cotton crop. By then other economic forces were in play, relegating the role of the boll weevil to that of delivering a final blow to an already moribund economy. This is the story of rural Georgia that foreshadowed our own day, our own story. Beautifully written and engagingly told, this book is a delight.
Read the First Chapter of A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff
For the many folks from whom I've recieved inquiries as to when the book will be available, here is a copy of the first chapter to whet your appetite. To read it, click HERE.
Upcoming events for the next few months are
listed below. If you or your book or social club
are looking for a speaker, please contact me.
12/7/13 10:30 AM-3:00 PM
Mercer University Authors Luncheon
InterContinental Hotel Buckhead
12/12/13 6:00 PM
The Book Worm
12/20/13 6:30 PM
Books for Less
935 North Point Drive
12/21/13 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Books for Less
2815 Buford Drive
See Store's Website
1/6/14 12 Noon
Thomson Kiwanis Club
Oxford College of Emory University
2/20-22/14 Time and Details TBA
Amelia Island Book Festival
Fernandina Beach, Florida
3/7-9/14 Time and Details TBA
Dahlonega Literary Festival
News and Notes
There is always something happening. Here are the latest odds and ends that may be of interest to you:
New Magazine Articles Coming Soon: The Winter 2014 issue of Georgia Backroads will feature my article titled, "How the Constitution of the Confederate States of America Ended up in Athens (Georgia)." This piece recounts how the original 1861 charter of the Confederate States of America came to reside in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia in Athens. It's a fascinating story and one of history's many strange twists of fate.
A later issue, possibly Spring 2014, will carry my essay on "The Myth of the Boll Weevil." In this piece I propose that the crash of the cotton economy in Georgia in the 1920s was not due to the famed weevil, but instead due to other economic factors which would have caused the economy to fail anyway.