Speak Janisse Ray's name in an audience of South Georgians, and you'll inevitably hear sighs of awe and appreciation. Truth be told, I was unfamiliar with Janisse's work prior to this year's One Book planning session; I had heard of her Southern classic, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, but I had never read it. Of course, over the past several months I've become extremely familiar with her work, and those sighs of appreciation and awe now come from my lips. She's a talented author and storyteller, to be sure, but she's also achingly honest and and passionate about our region and this land we call home.
My fingers are crossed that you're already familiar with One Book Thomas County and its purpose, but if you're not, imagine a giant book club made up of your teenage daughter, the man in line at the grocery store, your child's preschool teacher. Imagine gathering together with your entire community to celebrate literacy and literature and all the reasons reading and books are important. Imagine welcoming bestselling authors to our small, Southern town.
That's what One Book is all about.
We're wrapping up this year's festivities tonight with an author lecture featuring Janisse Ray. She'll be at Southern Regional Technical College at 7:00, and I'd love to show her a big crowd. So many of you have told me how much you love and appreciate Janisse's work; why not come meet her in person and hear her talk about our region and her book in person. I'm sure it's going to be such a wonderful event.
Tickets are still on sale at The Bookshelf and can also be purchased at the door.
Hope to see you there!