Meet the Author: Andrew Lawler
Jul
29
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler and The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Andrew is author of two books and more than a thousand newspaper and magazine articles. A contributing writer for Science and contributing editor for Archaeology, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and others. His work has appeared several times in The Best of Science and Nature Writing. He visits to talk about his book The Secret Token, a sweeping account of a four-hundred-year-old mystery, the archeologists racing to unearth the answer, and what the Lost Colony reveals about America--from colonial days to today.

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Click here for your tickets.

Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each. 

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible.

Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library?

Event Location: St Simons Casino Room 108.

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Meet the Author: Lyle Roebuck.
Aug
7
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Lyle Roebuck.

“Flannery O’Connor and the Southern Gothic Tradition” with Lyle Roebuck. Lyle will talk about the state of southern gothic literature in 2019: Who’s doing it? How does the South remain fertile literary ground? Lyle is a native of Saint Simons Island (Glynn Academy ’86). His fiction has appeared in The Arkansas Review, The Roanoke Review, Straylight Magazine, Redivider, A Torn Page: 2012 Summer Short Fiction Anthology, The Santa Ana River Review, The Timberline Review, The Arlington Literary Journal, HoosierLit, Phantom Drift, Wraparound South, and Split Lip Magazine. His first book, Phantom Sounds-Stories, from Big Table Publishing, was published in 2018. Lyle has an MA from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and studied Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Chicago.

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Event Location: St Simons Casino Room 108.

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Meet the Author: Nick Doms
Aug
20
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Nick Doms

Nick Doms and From Millionaires to Commoners: The History of Jekyll Island State Park. When Nick Doms first saw Jekyll Island State Park in October 2014, it was love at first sight. He discovered that the history books ended with the demise of the island as a private retreat for wealthy families in the 1940s, as if there was nothing more to tell after Georgia acquired the land for a state park. The author researched the Jekyll’s story to learn about the people who designed, constructed, and managed the enormous transformation and he tells the fascinating story of the island, sharing facts from history books, primary documents, and untold stories from locals who have lived on the land for several decades. Discover how a private, secluded, and exclusive island came to be a state park with open and affordable access to everyone.

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Click here for your tickets.

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G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible.

Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library?

Event Location: St Simons Casino Room 108.

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Meet the Author: Claire Gibson
Jun
11
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Claire Gibson

Claire Gibson and Beyond the Point. Claire is a writer and journalist based in Nashville, Tennessee. She was born and raised at West Point, where her father was a professor. She grew up captivated by cadets and always dreamed of writing a story that honored her childhood home and the women that inspired her there. Her stories have been featured in The Washington PostThe Christian Science MonitorThe Tennessean and Entrepreneur Magazine, among many other publications. She visits the Guild to talk about her debut novel, Beyond the Point. Set at West Point it’s the story of three women brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience.

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G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible.

Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library?

Event Location: St Simons Casino Room 108.

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Panel Discussion: “How Journalists and the Public Shape Our Democracy.”
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Panel Discussion: “How Journalists and the Public Shape Our Democracy.”

“How Journalists and the Public Shape Our Democracy.” Sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council, a panel of journalists will discuss the role of the media in a democracy, the responsibilities of citizens to inform themselves, how to spot “fake news,” and more. This event is free and open to all. Seating is limited. Reserve your seats by clicking here.

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Meet the Author: Michelle Gable
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Meet the Author: Michelle Gable

Michelle Gable and The Summer I Met Jack. The New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark--and the child they may have had. Michelle’s book is based on the fascinating real life of Alicia, a woman who J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet, not only about her romance with Jack Kennedy, but also a baby they may have had together.

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Click here for your tickets.

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G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible.

Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library?

Event Location: St Simons Casino Room 108



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Meet the Author: Mary Kay Andrews
May
28
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Mary Kay Andrews

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Meet the Author Series presents Mary Kay Andrews and Sunset Beach. Mary Kay is the bestselling author of over 24 novels and is a New York Times best- selling author.

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Click here for your tickets.

Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each. 

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible.

Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library?

Event Location: Casino Theater.

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Meet the Author: Nancy Blanton
May
14
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Nancy Blanton

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Meet the Author Series presents Nancy Blanton and The Earl in Black Armor. This is a relentless story of loyalty, honor and betrayal in the Stuart era prior to the great Irish Rebellion of 1641. Her books celebrate her love of history and her Irish and English heritage.

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Click here for your tickets.

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G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible.

Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library?

Event Location: Room 108.

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Meet the Author: C. H. Hooks
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Meet the Author: C. H. Hooks

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Meet the Author Series presents C.H. Hooks and Alligator Zoo-Park Magic. C.H. has an M.F.A. from the University of Tampa and is a lecturer at the College of Coastal Georgia. Alligator Zoo-Park Magic is his first book, and it has been praised as “a new spin on the mystical, mythical South.”

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Click here for your tickets.

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G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible.

Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library?

Event Location: Room 108.

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meet the author: sheila mcneill
Apr
2
10:30 AM10:30

meet the author: sheila mcneill

Tuesday, April 2,10:30 a.m. Shelia McNeill and What Are You Doing Here? The Navy League is the only civilian organization dedicated to supporting the sea services—the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Flag Merchant Marine. Sheila was the National President of the Navy League of the United States from 2003-2005 and she was constantly asked, when attending conferences, meetings, etc. as a speaker, “What are you doing here?” Her new book, a compilation of stories from years of work with the Navy League, answers that question.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Ms McNeill’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book there and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library? 

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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meet the author: Steve Berry
Mar
13
10:30 AM10:30

meet the author: Steve Berry

Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 a.m. in the Casino THEATRE. Steve Berry and The Malta Exchange. The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 14 Cotton Malone adventures and 4 stand-alone thrillers, Steve’s books have been translated into 40 languages with over 23,000,000 copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists. He’ll talk about his latest book, The Malta Exchange (due out March 5).

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Mr Berry’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book there and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library? 

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meet the author: June Hall McCash
Mar
7
10:30 AM10:30

meet the author: June Hall McCash

Thursday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. June Hall McCash and Eleanor’s Daughter: A Novel of Marie de Champagne. The author of fourteen books (many about Jekyll Island), her Almost to Eden, won the Georgia Author of the Year award for first novel in 2011. It was followed by Plum Orchard, which was the recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award for best novel in 2013. June’s most recent publication is Eleanor’s Daughter, which tells the compelling story of the oldest daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Most of June’s academic career was spent at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She holds both a masters degree and a doctorate from Emory University as well as an undergraduate degree from Agnes Scott College.

The author will be selling copies of her book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book there and have it signed by the author. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library? 

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Meet the Author: Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn
Feb
28
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn

Thursday, February 28, 10:30 a.m. Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn and Twenty Years in the Secret Service. While researching her parents' lives to write their story, Rebecca rediscovered the treasure-trove of mementos from her father's 20-year tenure as a high-profile Secret Service Agent, which inspired her to publish a new edition of his memoir, 20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents. U.S. Secret Service Agent Rufus W. Youngblood was in charge of the vice presidential detail in Dallas when Kennedy was assassinated. Immediately upon hearing shots being fired, Youngblood pushed Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to the floor of their limousine and shielded the vice president’s body with his own. This candid memoir includes Youngblood’s first-hand account of the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath, as well as highlights from his career during which he protected Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. 

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Ms Youngblood’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book there and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library? 

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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Meet the Author: Jon Hershey
Feb
15
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Jon Hershey

Friday, February 15, 10:30 in room 108. “Everything They Should Have Known: Interracial Marriages in Literature” with Jonathan Hershey. In honor of The BIG READ: Coastal Georgia Reads Everything I Never Told You, Dr. Hershey, Dean of Humanities at Georgia Highlands College, will discuss how Marilyn and James in Celeste Ng’s novel might have anticipated trouble with a review of literary history. Interracial marriages, as well as relationships between characters who represent different societies, lead to conflicts in examples from literature, from Othello to Snow Falling on Cedars. The trouble is almost always imposed on the couples from the outside, but few characters survive unscathed. The discussion will explore a few of the literary warning signs.

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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Meet the Author: Maggie Toussaint
Jan
29
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Maggie Toussaint

Tuesday, January 29, 10:30 a.m. in Room 108Maggie Toussaint and Confound It. Always entertaining, this award-winning Darien author is a scientist by training, and a romanticist at heart who loves to solve puzzles. Whether it’s the puzzle of a relationship or a who-dun-it, she tackles them all with equal aplomb and wonder. Maggie writes cozy mystery and romantic suspense under her own name, and science fiction under the pen name of Rigel Carson. Besides being a member of Washington Romance Writers, she’s also a member of First Coast Romance Writers, Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and Low Country Sisters in Crime. She visits the Guild to talk about her latest mystery book, Confound It

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Ms Tousaint’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book there and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library? 

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets. 

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Meet the Author: Tommy Tomlinson
Jan
26
3:00 PM15:00

Meet the Author: Tommy Tomlinson

Saturday, January 26, 3:00 p.m. in room 108. Tommy Tomlinson and The Elephant in the Room. An acclaimed journalist, Tommy has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. A graduate of Brunswick High, Tommy spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He decided he had to change his life as he neared the age of fifty weighing in at 460 pounds and his book, The Elephant in the Room, a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America, will be published in January 2019 by Simon & Schuster. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.  

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Mr Tomlinson’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book there and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library? 

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets. 

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Meet the Author: Claire Cook
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Meet the Author: Claire Cook

Thursday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. Claire Cook and the film “Must Love Dogs” in room 108. Claire, the New York TimesUSA Today, and #1 Amazon bestselling author of 18 books, wrote her first novel in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the romantic comedy movie adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, which is now a 6-book series. Claire will introduce the film and provide a brief look at what went on behind the scenes. Books will also be available for purchase and signing. 

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Ms Cook’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book there and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library? 

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets. 

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Meet the Author: Dorin Schumacher
Nov
8
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Dorin Schumacher

Dorin Schumacher, is the author of Gatsby’s Child: Coming of Age in East Egg. Dorin’s writings have appeared in numerous magazines such as The Brooklyn Rail, At Large, Fjords Review, Honeysuckle Magazine, and Quiet Lunch. Her writing on silent film star Helen Gardner appears in Women Screenwriters, the Encyclopedia of Early Cinema, and This Film is Dangerous. Her personal writing appears in The New York Times, Stonepile Writers Anthology, and numerous other publications. She is a nominee for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. She is the author of Gatsby’s Child: Coming of Age in East Egg, a beautifully rendered memoir that turns Fitzgerald’s great American tragedy into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, survival, and triumph.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Dr. Schumacher’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at this event so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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Meet the Author: Raymond L. Atkins
Oct
16
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Raymond L. Atkins

Raymond L. Atkins, author of Set List. Ray teaches English at Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Creative Writing at Reinhardt University. He is the author of four award-winning novels: The Front Porch Prophet, Sorrow Wood, Camp Redemption ZSweetwater Blues. South of the Etowah, his first creative nonfiction book, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His latest book, Set List, will be published in early September. It’s a story that alternates between present-day North Georgia and the 1970s about a bar band as told primarily through the eyes of its lead guitar player, Blanchard Shankles, and its bass player, John Covey. In 2017, Atkins was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Writers Association. He resides in Rome, Georgia.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Mr. Atkins' book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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MEET THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn
Oct
4
10:30 AM10:30

MEET THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn

Rebecca Youngblood Vaughn is the co-author and publisher of her father’s memoir, Twenty Years in the Secret Service.The youngest daughter of Rufus W. Youngblood, Rebecca is a physician and author. While researching her parents’ lives to write their story, Rebecca re-discovered the veritable treasure-trove of mementos from her father's 20-year tenure as a high-profile Secret Service Agent which inspired her to publish a new edition of his memoir, 20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents.

U.S. Secret Service Agent Rufus W. Youngblood was in charge of the vice presidential detail on that tragic day in Dallas when Kennedy was assassinated. Immediately upon hearing shots being fired, Youngblood pushed Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to the floor of their limousine and shielded the vice president’s body with his own. This candid memoir includes Youngblood’s first-hand account of the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath, as well as highlights from his career during which he protected Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

Rebecca has added an expansive, comprehensive photo gallery to the book and will show some of these images as she shares her father’s frontline point-of-view during some of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Dr. Vaughn’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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Meet the Author: Delia Owens
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Delia Owens

Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing, is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa including Cry of the Kalahari. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and many others. She currently lives in Idaho. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel. The New York Times calls it “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.”

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Ms. Owen's book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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MEET THE AUTHOR: Kristina McMorris
Sep
19
10:30 AM10:30

MEET THE AUTHOR: Kristina McMorris

Kristina McMorris author of Sold on a Monday, is a New York Times and
USA Today bestselling author, Kristina’s novels have garnered more than two dozen literary awards and nominations, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA's RITA Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her latest novel, Sold on a Monday, was inspired by the actual infamous picture of a mother trying to sell her children during the great depression. It depicts that time and circumstance as well as explores and poses some different ideas about the family and the children in that picture in a fictional setting.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Ms. McMorris's book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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Meet the Author: Clara Silverstein
Sep
4
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Clara Silverstein

The author of four books including A White House Garden Cookbook and White Girl: A Story of School Desegregation. A long-time writer in the Boston area, she directed the well-known Chautauqua Writers’ Center from 2008 to 2017.

Her first novel, Secrets in a House Divided, is forthcoming from Mercer University Press in the fall of 2018. Set in Richmond, Virginia in 1864-65, it explores the relationships between masters and slaves, husbands and wives, parents and children, as the Civil War drives them to a flash point. Though the story is set in the past, its focus on the roots of racism resonates today.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Ms. Silverstein's book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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Meet the Author: Raymond Atkins
Aug
14
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Raymond Atkins

Raymond L. Atkins author of Set List,  teaches English at Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Creative Writing at Reinhardt University. He is the author of four award-winning novels: The Front Porch Prophet, Sorrow Wood, Camp Redemption and Sweetwater Blues. South of the Etowah, his first creative nonfiction book, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His latest book, Set List, will be published in early September. It’s a story that alternates between present-day North Georgia and the 1970s about a bar band as told primarily through the eyes of its lead guitar player, Blanchard Shankles, and its bass player, John Covey. In 2017, Atkins was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Writers Association. He resides in Rome, Georgia.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Mr Atkin's book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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Jul
31
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Author: Lyle Roebuck

Flannery O’Connor and the Southern Gothic Tradition

Lyle Roebuck will talk about the state of southern gothic literature in 2018: Who’s doing it? How does the South remain fertile literary ground? Lyle is a native of Saint Simons Island (Glynn Academy ’86). His fiction has appeared in The Arkansas Review, The Roanoke Review, Straylight Magazine, Redivider, A Torn Page: 2012 Summer Short Fiction Anthology, The Santa Ana River Review, The Timberline Review, The Arlington Literary Journal, HoosierLit, Phantom Drift, Wraparound South, and Split Lip Magazine. His first book, Phantom Sounds – Stories, is coming from Big Table Publishing this summer. Lyle has a MA from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and studied Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Mr. Roebuck's book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

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Jul
24
10:30 AM10:30

Jonathan Putnam

Jonathan Putnam and Final Resting Place.

Jonathan is a writer and attorney. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is a nationally renowned trial lawyer and a recognized Lincoln scholar. His books in the Lincoln and Speed Mystery Series include Final Resting Place (forthcoming July 10, 2018), Perish from the Earth (2017) and These Honored Dead (2016). He is currently working on the fourth book in the series, which will be published in 2019. His books are highly praised and Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln scholar Doris Kearns Goodwin called These Honored Dead, “Splendid…one of the most enjoyable works of fiction I have read in a long time.”

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Mr. Putnam's book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent book store makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

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Susan M. Boyer
Jun
12
10:30 AM10:30

Susan M. Boyer

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Susan M. Boyer and Lowcountry Bookshop.

Susan is the author of the USA TODAY’S bestselling (and delightful) Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the 2012 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations, including the Macavity. She visits the Guild to talk about her 7th book in the series, Lowcountry Bookshop.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Ms Boyer’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent book store makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?




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Mary Kay Andrews
Jun
8
10:30 AM10:30

Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews and The High Tide Club.

Mary Kay is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including The Weekenders, Beach Town, Ladies’ Night, Summer Rental, Deep Dish and Hissy Fit. Often called the “Queen of the Perfect Beach Reads,” she joins us to talk about her latest book, The High Tide Club. Partially set on Sea Island, it’s a novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations. Booklist calls it “A compelling novel about the people and places that shape a life and the secrets that create ripples for generations. With a unique setting, mysterious flashbacks, romance, and a surprising twist, this book will not disappoint readers looking for a juicy escape.” 

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Ms Andrews’ book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent book store makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?


This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.

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Galen Garwood
Jun
6
10:30 AM10:30

Galen Garwood

Art, Elephants and Imagination with Galen Garwood. The artist and author will talk about his young life growing up on St. Simons, his life as an artist and his work in Thailand to help educate and inform the public about the plight of the Asian elephants and introduce his memoir, Sell the Monkey.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Mr. Garwood’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?


This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.

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Christopher Swann
May
29
10:30 AM10:30

Christopher Swann

Christopher Swann and Shadow of the Lions. A graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, Christopher earned a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, a M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He has won awards and recognition from GSU, Washington and Lee University, and the Heekin Group Foundation’s Tara Fellowship for Short Fiction. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Shadow of the Lions is his debut novel.

G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Mr. Swann's book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.  Click here for tickets.

.ALSO, PLEASE CANCEL RESERVATION IF YOU WILL NOT BE ATTENDING.

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Charles Martin
May
21
10:30 AM10:30

Charles Martin

Always a crowd pleaser, Charles has written over 12 top selling novels including The Mountain Between Us, which was turned into a major Hollywood film in 2017 starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. He visits the Guild to talk about his latest book, Send Down the Rain, the story of a 62 year old Vietnam vet who’s been keeping a secret for 45 years but something beyond his control brings him out of hiding and forces him to wrestle with whether or not to tell the secret. Problem is, if he tells it, somebody dies. If he doesn’t tell it, somebody dies.G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Mr. Martin’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent book store makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library?

This event is free to Literary Guild members. Not a member? Join here or join at the event. Guest tickets are $10 each.

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Randolph G. Russell
May
8
10:30 AM10:30

Randolph G. Russell

The author will talk about the popularity of his book, American History in No Time, which is one of the quickest ways to learn the basics of American history from pre-Columbian times to the present.

Cost:    Free to Literary Guild members and $10 for guests.  Reservations recommended.  PLEASE CANCEL RESERVATION IF YOU WILL NOT BE ATTENDING.

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Steve Berry
Apr
9
10:30 AM10:30

Steve Berry

Steve Berry and The Bishop’s Pawn. The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels and several standalones, Steve has 20 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president. He visits the Guild to talk about his latest: The Bishop’s Pawn, based on the ugly feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr., and marked by years of illegal surveillance and the accumulation of secret files. It ended on April 4, 1968 when King was assassinated by James Earl Ray. But that may not have been the case. Now, fifty years later, former Justice Department agent, Cotton Malone, must reckon with the truth of what really happened that fateful day in Memphis.

Cost:    Free to Literary Guild members and $10 for guests.  Reservations recommended.  Scroll down to appropriate event. ALSO, PLEASE CANCEL RESERVATION IF YOU WILL NOT BE ATTENDING.

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