1st Annual Chattahoochee Valley Local Writers Showcase to feature 30+ local authors, organizations

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Local book lovers might be surprised at the level of talent in their own backyard.

To help celebrate the variety and quality of our local literary scene, the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and the Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference will be featuring the work of more than 30 local authors and organizations at the first annual Chattahoochee Valley Local Writers Showcase and Booksale.

This Showcase provides local authors a chance to introduce and sell their professionally-printed work to the community at large. All genres will be featured as a part of the event.

The Showcase will take place on Saturday Sept. 8 from 1- 5 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, Columbus, GA. There will be no cost for admittance.

Many of the authors will be selling copies of their books.

Expected to participate in the event include some who are well-known to many in our community and to the region, including:

  • Jessica Handler – her intensely moving memoir Invisible Sisters was hailed as "One of the 25 books every Georgian should read" by the Georgia Center for the Book.
  • Betsy Hollis-Frey – the 2009 winner of the Georgia Writers Association award for both poetry and short story has combined those winning works with others in her book The Year of the Pen. Ms. Hollis-Frey was a recent nominee for Georgia Author of the Year.
  • Bevelyn Blair – this beloved author of the best-selling cookbook Country Cakes will be serving cake as a part of her display.
  • Fred Fussell – Mr. Fussell is known nationwide for his scholarly and curatorial work on American Southern culture.
  • Doraine Bennett – more than 30 children's textbooks and history books have been authored and edited by this prolific Columbus writer.

Some well-represented genres include:

  • LOCAL HISTORY – authors include Biddy Barfield Hammett, Mary Jane Galer and state genealogy and history expert Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. The Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Historic Linwood Foundation will also be selling copies of work they have commissioned and published.
  • POETRY – Columbus State University faculty Nick Norwood and Scott Wilkerson, past Georgia Poetry Society president Keith Badowski, and the locally-owned and operated Brick Road Poetry PRESS will all have work available for sale and for public recitation.
  • INSPIRATION and MOTIVATIONAL WORKS – professional consultants S. Lawrence Smith and T.L. Blythers will be showcasing their books that came about as a part of their counseling work.

An up-to-date list of participants, complete with biographies of the authors, can be found at the event web page – www.cvlga.org/showcase.

The Showcase is also sponsored by the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries.

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