College to Celebrate Regional Authors at Book Festival
Dalton State College will welcome nine regional authors to its campus during The Roberts Library’s annual book festival Monday through Thursday, April 11-14.
“Home Grown: A Literary Celebration of Northwest Georgia” events will take place Monday and Thursday evenings and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in the Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall. All events are free and open to the public, according to Lydia Knight, Roberts Library Director.
The week kicks off Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. with “Women and Fiction” featuring readings from Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove, and Lisa Patton, author of Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter. A reception and book signing will follow the program.
Gilmore’s first novel, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, about growing up in Ringgold, Georgia, was called “a stand-out coming of age novel” and was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance 2009 Book Award nominee.
Patton’s novel was selected as a “Target Breakout Book for Emerging Authors” by Target and was a nominee for the Readers’ Choice Award of the Salt Lake City Library System. Her second novel, Yankee Doodle Dixie, will be published this summer and is a sequel to Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor-easter.
Tuesday will be highlighted by a program featuring five Dalton State faculty contributors to Voices from the Nueva Frontera: Latino Immigration in Dalton, Georgia. The faculty authors who will be present include Dr. Ken Ellinger, Associate Professor of Political Science; Dr. Monte Salyer, Associate Professor of English as a Second Language; Dr. Tom Deaton, Professor Emeritus of Social Science; Ms. Roschelle Bautista, Assistant Professor of Spanish; and Dr. David Boyle, Professor Emeritus of Social Work and Dean Emeritus of the School of Social Work. The program will begin at 1 p.m.; reception and book signing will follow.
The book is described as providing an in-depth picture of Latino immigration and dispersal in rural America along with a framework for understanding the economic integration of the South with Latin America.
“Voices from the Nueva Frontera sheds new light on the often invisible changes that have transformed this north Georgia town over the last 30 years,” Knight said. “The immigrant narratives add human faces to the realities of dramatic change occurring in rural industrial towns.”
Wednesday’s special feature will be a presentation on “Bark, Boulders, Books, Bytes: Methods of Exchanging Information Throughout History” by Cliff Landis, Web Services Librarian at Georgia State University and a self-professed “book geek.”
“Throughout humanity’s history, we have sought innovative and effective methods to convey information,” Landis said. “From ancient stone receipts and orgham border stones to modern comic books and the fast growing e-book market, you will see the diverse and beautiful ways in which we have communicated with each other.”
Landis will cover the history of bookmaking and speculate on where the evolution of the book will take it. In addition to serving as a “cybrarian,” Landis also operates a bookbinding and consulting business.Thursday’s program is “The Deck Chef” featuring Kent Whitaker, author of “Smoke in the Mountains: The Art of Appalachian Barbeque.” His program will be at 6:30 p.m. with reception and book signing to follow. Whitaker has also authored The Meals of War: Feeding the Great to the Grunts during WWII (he’s working on a Civil War version)and Georgia Hometown Cookbook.