What did you have for lunch today?

This is one of my favorite paragraphs from Brambleman. It comes in the middle of the story, after Charlie Sherman has finished his work on the horrors of 1912 Forsyth, County, Georgia. Now he’s investigating something that is, in its own way, even worse. He’s just interviewed an eyewitness to a crime that had occurred seventy years previously, an event…

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It’s fixing to get real in Cumming, Georgia

Bring it.   Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens is taking on Mayor H. Ford Gravitt of Forsyth over an obvious violation of the state’s open meetings act.  Click for background. Olens v. Gravitt Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Forsyth County Courthouse 100 W. Courthouse Square Cumming, GA 30040 Be there! Be there! Be there! Here’s Politifact’s take on the case.  It says…

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“Stand your ground” didn’t work so well for black man in Georgia

Update: McNeil has been released from prison in a plea deal that avoided a retrial in the error-filled case. It really just compounds the injustice, however. Click here and here for more details. * * * Even before the Trayvon Martin case, African-Americans were well aware that measures such as “stand your ground” pose a danger to them due to unequal…

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Cop indicted in McDonald’s assault case

Remember that cop who pulled the gun on the kids at McDonald’s in Cumming, Georgia? Well,  the Forsyth County District Attorney does. The wheels are grinding. He’s been indicted for aggravated assault. Meanwhile, the Hamburglar got away. Read more.

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Brambleman gets notice in UGA Alumni blog

If you haven’t seen this, it’s news to you. Go Dawgs! From the UGA Alumni Blog: Alumnus earns award for thriller based on Forsyth County Congratulations to Jonathan Grant (AB ’76) who recently received the Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for popular fiction from the Independent Book Publishers Association. His book, Brambleman, was honored for its excellence in editorial and design.…

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Happy Fourth of July from Varmintville!

Here’s a brief Independence Day excerpt from the award-winning novel, Brambleman. This  paragraph helps explain how the madness started: And so Pappy just kept rockin’ and spittin’ and gettin’ more ornery. The last time Charlie had been in Forsyth County, exactly two decades after his first visit, he and Momo got into an argument over flying the Rebel flag on…

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