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January 12 “Get to Know the Authors of Southeast Atlanta” Gathering Was Well-Attended

By Lucette Bernard

Neighbors from the SAND neighborhoods, Grant Park, and East Atlanta gathered at the Ormewood Church Fellowship Hall on January 12 for the first in a series of readings by area writers. Trudy Nan Boyce, Julia Franks, and Jessica Handler fielded questions by facilitator Janelle Holmes, Ormewood’s pastor and host for the afternoon, and read passages from their works. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the East Atlanta Library, was well received and audience members commented on what a pleasure it was to spend a cold and rainy afternoon in the company of three talented authors who happen to be their neighbors.

Each of the three authors talked a little about their background and how their history contributed to their books. They discussed how their careers began, how they came to write their books, what their daily routines are like, and where they like best to situate themselves when the muse strikes. Each writer was given an allotted time for reading from a selected work, and at the end, the floor was opened for audience questions.

Two more readings remain in the series. The next one, scheduled for February 9 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, will feature novelist David Fulmer, fiction writer and blogger Jim Gallant, and poet Danielle Hanson. The third and last of the series will take place on March 16, also from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, and will feature Charlene Ball, Mickey Dubrow, Dawn Peterson, and Libby Ware.

For additional information about the authors and their books, please check out the page-4 article in the January-February 2019 issue of The Porch Press or go to

Ormewood Church Fellowship Hall is located at 1071 Delaware Avenue, where there is ample parking along the street and in the Fellowship Hall parking lot adjacent to the church.

Note: These gatherings are presented in partnership with the Friends of the East Atlanta Library, and are free and open to the public. Some readings may not be appropriate for young children, and childcare will not be provided. Parents should check out the individual authors before bringing young adult members of the family.

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