Signing and Singing December 16, 2009 in Watkinsville, GA

Okay, the headline of this blog post says, “Signing and Singing,” but hopefully I won’t be singing when I join five other authors plus numerous young singers in Watkinsville at the OCAF Center December 16 from 6 – 8 PM.
The other authors, in addition to yours truly, include Terry Kay, author of many popular books including To Dance With the White Dog; Julie Cannon, of True Love and Homegrown Tomatoes fame; Philip Lee Williams, who has two new books, The Campfire Boys and Elegies for the Water; Gail Karwoski, whose latest book is River Beds: Sleeping in the World’s Rivers; and Grady Thrasher who is the author of the Tim and Sally series.

The singing part of this holiday event will be handled by two groups: Decatens Acapella Choir of Oconee County Middle School and A Chorale from the Westminster Christian Academy’s Lower School. In addition to signing our latest books, the six authors will perform an author’s ensemble reading of The Night Before Christmas. This is one of my all time favorite poems, so I’m looking forward to taking part in this performance (as long as we don’t have to sing it).

The OCAF Artist Shoppe will be open as well and stocked with plenty of handmade, original art perfect for Christmas gifts. Other things you should know: Admission is free and more information is available on the website: or by emailing them at or calling 706-769-4565.

Front Porch Bookstore Opens in Winterville, Georgia

I’m a native of Athens, Georgia, but for many years I’ve lived in nearby Winterville, a tiny municipality of approximately 1,200, located in Eastern Clarke County. We’ve had a branch of the Athens Regional Library in Winterville (115 Marigold Lane) for a very long time.
Today, I’m happy to announce that the Friends of the Winterville Library are launching a new venture, Front Porch Bookstore, in the quaint, newly renovated old Town Hall building (which was formerly used as the Winterville Volunteer Fire Department and is located near the library at 102 Marigold Lane) on December 4, 2009, which also happens to be the date of this year’s Winterville Christmas in the Park event (more on that in a future post).

Front Porch Books is 100% non-profit. All proceeds will go toward purchasing books, equipment and literary programs for the Winterville Library. At the December 4 grand opening, the bookstore will be open 5 PM until 8:30 PM. After that, the bookstore hours will be the same as the Winterville Library’s hours: Monday and Tuesday and Thursday, 3 – 7; Wednesday, 9 – 12; Saturday, 10 – 2, and closed Friday and Sunday.

This new bookstore needs both donations of books and volunteers to staff the store. If you’re interested, stop by the library or the bookstore or email or call Jan Mazzucco at 706-742-7090. Leave your name and number and the shift desired.

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