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Library hosts Emerging Writer's Showcase, Oct. 9

Eight authors in the early stages of their writing careers will participate in the Fall Emerging Writers Showcase on Saturday, October 9, at 1:00 p.m., at the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville. Each writer will give a book presentation, answer questions from the audience, and sell and sign books. Admission is free, and complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Gary W. Griffin of Senoia is the author of “Inert America: Crossroads to the Future,” in which he discusses the challenges inherent in making the transition from an industrial society to an information society. Griffin holds a doctorate in sociology, and has extensive experience in information technology consulting.

Earnest Hooks, who lives in Peachtree City, has produced a children’s picture book titled, “Let’s Go See Mother Wilkerson’s Farm.” The book uses the colorful and engaging artwork of Lizzie Wilkerson to educate readers about farming culture in the early 20th century. A registered architect, Hooks has found his second passion in writing.

Aerle Taree Jones of Atlanta is a former member of the hip-hop fusion group Arrested Development. “PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life” is her book of narrative poems detailing an evening in the lives of college students from different social, racial and class backgrounds.

Stephanie Lauren was a senior at Whitewater High School when her historical adventure novel, “Pirate: The Unkindly Gentlemen” came out. Now a college freshman, the Brooks native is currently working on a sequel and hopes to obtain a degree in creative writing.

Rebecca Miller Pringle of Peachtree City is the founder of Miller Mediators and a registered bilingual mediator and arbitrator with the state of Georgia. “She’s Not My Mother-In-Law – She’s My Husband’s Mother” is a combination memoir and self-help book, relating unfortunate events that occurred in a diverse, blended family, and offering advice on avoiding the 15 traps that can wreck family relationships.

Allen Russell is the author of “Heroes of My Transplant,” which tells the story of the health crisis that led to his receiving a liver transplant in 2002, and pays homage to the people throughout his life who have inspired him and given him the courage required to triumph over adversity. Russell lives in Peachtree City.

Rodney Lee Smith, originally from Gary, Indiana, has made metro Atlanta his home for the past 29 years. Smith’s self-help book, “The 21 Principles of a Lie,” deals with understanding the dynamics of toxic relationships and learning to identify the methodical approaches of a serious liar.

Jerald Lee Watts is an Atlanta native who now lives in Peachtree City. A retired surgeon, Watts has written “Promises Kept,” a memoir of his years working at Grady Hospital, first as an ambulance driver in the 1950s, and later as an intern and a surgical resident. The book recalls the young doctor’s conflicting experiences while providing care to an often forgotten and neglected population.

The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the sale of books at the Emerging Writers Showcase benefit the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library, the nonprofit group whose sponsorship makes this event possible, along with many other library programs and services throughout the year.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841.


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