Good reads abound from festival authors

From the The Brunswick News

Fall is in the air. And, with the cooler temperatures comes the opportunity to curl up with a blanket, hot chocolate and a good book.

For anyone looking for a good read to pick up, plenty of authors will be talking about their books Saturday at the Georgia Literary Festival, on Jekyll Island.

Cary Knapp, librarian at College of Coastal Georgia, is quick to note that literary variety is the spice of life.

"Each author reflects some aspect of Georgia. Some are well-known, and others are not, but together they represent some of the best literary talent the Southeast has to offer," she said.

For introductions to the writers before their presentations Saturday at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, here are the authors who will be on hand, along with brief synopses of their various plot lines. All discussions are free and open to the public; times are in parentheses:
  • U.S. Poet Laurete Natasha Trethewey will discuss her poetry during the festival's keynote address at 10 a.m.
  • Jack McDevitt is the author of "The Cassandra Project" and other titles. The science-fiction writer's new work follows publicist Jerry Culpepper as he works as a representative for NASA and becomes intrigued by a 50-year-old secret about the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the moon. (11 a.m.)
  • Damon Fowler will discuss his book, "Classical Southern Cooking: The Savannah Cookbook." It offers recipes for Southern classics, such as rice, grits, soups and stews, poultry, fish and meat dishes. (11 a.m.)
  • Danny Schnitzlein is a children's author who penned "The Monster Who Ate My Peas" and "The Monster Who Did My Math." These stories follow a young boy who makes deals with a monster to get out of childhood challenges, like finishing his veggies and doing homework. (11 a.m.)
  • Charles Seabrook wrote "Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses." He uses his skill as an environmental writer to describe the island's natural bounty and to tell its long and intriguing history. (Noon)
  • Pamela Bauer Mueller, the Jekyll Island author of "Splendid Isolation," will discuss her research and documentation of members and staff of the Jekyll Island Club. (Noon)
  • Alice Friman shares a variety of emotions in her poems, which have been collected in her book, "Vinculum." (Noon)
  • Mary Kay Andrews will talk about her newest fiction work, "Spring Fever." In the book, the New York Times best-selling author delivers her new escapist novel about small towns and dark secrets. (Noon)
  • Crystal Ball O'Connor is a children's author who wrote "Jake and the Migration of the Monarch," "Katherine's Quilt Made for Dreaming" and "Singing with Brennan." She touches on a variety of subjects that are entertaining and engaging for youngsters. (Noon)
  • Stacy Cordery will speak on her book, "Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts." She will detail the life of Low, a Savannah native, who went on to do a number of things, including founding the famous organization for girls. (1 p.m.)
  • Steve Berry is a New York Times best-selling author who will discuss his new book, "The Columbus Affair." This story is about Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan, who is pulled into a world of intrigue surrounding Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the New World. (1 p.m.)
  • Janice Daugharty, the author "Going to Jackson," "Heir to the Everlasting" and "The Little Known," often serves up coming-of-age tales that take place in the Deep South. (1 p.m.)
  • Jane Wood's "Trouble on the St. John's River" is a story of children who set out on an adventure but end up on a journey to save the environment. (1 p.m.)
  • Lola Schaefer's book, "One Special Day," is a book for children who are expecting a new brother or sister. (1 p.m.)
  • Georgia's Poet Laureate Judson Mitcham will speak on various volumes of his poetry and work. (2 p.m.)
  • June Hall McCash is the author of "Plum Orchard" and "Almost to Eden." Both are historical fictions that detail the workings of the Jekyll Island Club hotel. (2 p.m.)
  • Daniel Black's book, "Twelve Gates to the City," is about a sister who exposes family secrets to her brother ... even after her death. (2 p.m.)
  • Janisse Ray's book, "The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food," looks at the value of seeds and seed-saving for food supply. (2 p.m.)
  • Gail Karwoski's "The Tree That Owns Itself" is a collection of lively historical fiction stories that introduce young readers to events in Georgia history. (2 p.m.)
  • Jeffrey Small is the author of "The Breath of God," a murder, suspense novel with a little bit of it all - murder, kidnapping and secrets. (3 p.m.)
  • Tina McElroy Ansa's latest book, "Taking After Mudear," is a story about the three Lovejoy sisters and their mother, Mudear, who is deceased but refuses to die, in the small Georgia town of Mulberry. (3 p.m.)
  • William Rawlings' "The Mile High Club" is a titillating tale of corporate intrigue, private jets and a small town. (3 p.m.)
  • Anita Zaleski Weinraub's book "Georgia Quilts: Piecing Together a History" showcases the diversity of quilting materials and methods in the state. (3 p.m.)
  • Doraine Bennett's works, including "Sing, Dance, Shout," "James Oglethorpe," Tomochici" and "Mary Musgrove" seek to entertain children while teaching them about Georgia's history. (3 p.m.)
  • Jesse Tullos' "The Red Terrors" hits close to home. It's a nonfiction account of the Glynn Academy football team's drive to the 1964 Georgia high school championship. (4 p.m.)
  • Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubert are kitchen divas who outline the best way to bake in their new book, "Southern Biscuits." (4 p.m.)
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Release Date: 11/13/2012
Source: The Brunswick News

By LINDSEY ADKISON