Georgia Magazine - December 2011 - (Page 19)

Between the covers Curl up with a book by a Georgia author BY DEBORAH GEERING See GEORGIA Magazine’s bookshelf link at www.georgia to order these books. gray afternoon. A big, comfy chair. A mug of hot tea. A good book. Sound like a great way to spend a winter day at home? If you live in Georgia, you can easily choose a book that was also written close to home. “Over the last 20 years—and I was a book editor before I took this job, so I have some perspective— there has been a substantial growth in the number of published authors in Georgia,” says William Starr, executive director of the Georgia Center for the Book, an organization that supports libraries, literacy and literature. “It’s difficult to find specific reasons for this, but I think that Georgia authors come to the attention of publishers a little more. They have opportunities to get their word out to the public more, and December 2011 A cold, Beloved Georgia author Terry Kay, of Athens, a 2006 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, released two new books in 2011: a novel, “Bogmeadow’s Wish,” and a collection of short stories, “The Greats of Cuttercane.” WALKER MONTGOMERY that tends to feed on itself.” Several of those opportunities come from the center itself, which, as the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., sponsors hundreds of free author appearances each year. Many of these events are in the same building that hosts the Georgia Center for the Book, the Decatur Library. The center is also More online at a major sponsor of the AJC Decatur Book Festival and organizer of the Georgia Literary Festival, held in a different Georgia city each year. (For more, see www.georgiacenterforthe “While Atlanta is a big place, and we don’t have the kind of book community that smaller places do, I think, little by little, we’re developing that,” Starr says. “Decatur has a growing group of writers. They find they get a little sustenance, and they encourage each other. Things like the Decatur Book Festival help foster a literary community.” While you curl up with a book 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - December 2011

Georgia Magazine - December 2011
Georgia News
Picture This?
Calendar of Events
Magical Nights, Holiday Lights
Between the Covers
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - December 2011