We just can’t quit you, Dixie

Some revisionist history, courtesy of a Southern rocker.  (I’ve lived in Georgia forty years and I’ve heard this argument more times than I care to remember.) The last surviving original member of legendary Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Gary Rossington, recently announced the group would quit its association with the Confederate battle flag due to racism and stuff. Well, theere’s been a fan backlash,…

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Meet the “Women Who Read Too Much” Book Club

I had a wonderful time with Women Who Read Too Much, a longstanding Decatur-area book club. I met with them Sunday evening at the home of Ann and Alan Abramowitz to discuss Brambleman. Thanks Ann (front center), and thank you ladies!  

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They’re back — Klan sues Georgia for right to pick up trash

See original post. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Hoping that every Georgian has the right to free speech – even when it is uncomfortable to some – the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan is suing the state after it was denied an opportunity to participate in…

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Bad news: Georgians just lost access to state archives

Embarrassing. Another first for Georgia. In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Political Insider blog, Jim Galloway reports: Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced this afternoon that, to meet a 3 percent ($732,626) budget cut ordered by Gov. Nathan Deal, he’ll be forced to cut off general public access to the state archives collection in Morrow, effective Nov. 1. From Kemp: ”The decision…

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Brambleman featured in Publishers Weekly

I participated in an Independent Book Publishers Association promotion that ran in the August 27 issue of Publishers Weekly. I couldn’t ask for better position: Brambleman was at the top right side of Page 3.  It will be featured in PW again in October, hopefully with a review.

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FAMU blames Robert Champion for his own death

From the Orlando Sentinel: Florida A&M University is not responsible for drum major Robert Champion’s hazing death, according to a court document filed Monday night. Champion himself is. In a 23-page motion seeking dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Champion’s family in Orange County circuit court, FAMU’s attorneys laid out a blunt response: Champion was a 26-year-old leader…

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