A panel of nine local authors in the early stages of their writing careers will participate in the “Emerging Writers Showcase Spring 2012,” on Saturday, March 10, 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.
Melvin Collier, an archivist with the Robert W. Woodruff Library – Atlanta University Center, retraces and reconciles the story of his enslaved ancestors, forcibly separated from one another, in his second nonfiction book, “150 Years Later: Broken Ties Mended.” It’s a triumphant story of broken family connections re-established after many generations.
Renita Gibbs is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and mentor whose first book, “Finding Daddy,” is a fictionalized story based on her own experiences growing up fatherless, then reuniting in adulthood with her father.
Harrison Jones is a retired airline pilot who writes aviation fiction from a personal perspective. His first two novels, “Equal Time Point” and “Shadow Flight,” draw on his experiences in the air and include plenty of suspense, drama and adventure, with compelling characters in plausible situations.
Terry McAfee has developed “The Conversation,” a unique workbook designed to help individuals with memory loss maintain a connection with their loved ones. The 13-week journal provides guided exercises to promote active thinking and continued communication.
Brenda Starr Moon has written “Bird of Faith,” an inspirational story for all ages that sprang from personal experience with fear, doubt and renewed hope.
Damien and Kathy Nash are a mother-son team who have co-authored “Big Box, Little Box,” a modern-day parable formatted as a picture book. In the engaging illustrations and the companion animated DVD, boxes in a package delivery center contemplate their destinies and strive to achieve their potential.
Douglas Pearson, a retired Air Force colonel who teaches in the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Sandy Creek High School, presents “The 10-20-30 Life Wellness Plan,” a book detailing the health and fitness regimen he originally developed more than 10 years ago to improve his own wellness, and now teaches to his students.
Rick Ryckeley, a weekly columnist since 2001, has published “Musings of a Cluttered Mind,” a humorous collection of family-oriented stories in which he reminisces about the adventures of childhood, reflects on the joys and challenges of marriage, and makes general observations of life.
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.