Black workers still face hostility in Forsyth County

Above: Klan rally at Forsyth County courthouse in 1992 Today is the anniversary of Hosea Williams’ massive civil rights march on Forsyth County. Coincidentally, a technician came to my north Atlanta house yesterday to work on my Internet service. During the course of our conversation, he said he’d been working recently in Forsyth County. Since he was black, I asked him,…

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5-Star Review of Brambleman: Neil Gaiman meets Flannery O’Connor

Here’ s a review of Brambleman by G.D. Brennan, a Chicago author who gives it five stars.  I’m flattered, of course, and I’m especially gratified when a reader gets out of the book what I was  certain I put into it.  Brennan’s observation echoes my feelings. When I was pitching the book, I said, “Imagine Neil Gaiman and Joseph Heller…

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MLK Day in Georgia 1987: Hosea Williams marches on Forsyth County

Some of the 25,000 who came for the second march on Jan. 24, 1987 From The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia, by Donald L. Grant and Jonathan Grant (2001, University of Georgia Press)  (Copyright Mildred B. Grant. All Rights reserved): The most startling event during the 1987 King holiday celebration grew out of a…

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Answering a musical question about Brambleman

Here’s a one-question interview by Susan Helene Gottfried for her blog at West of Mars (which sounds like the setting for my first three novels). Thanks, Susan. What song makes you think of your book? Answer: “One of Us” written by Eric Bazilian, performed by Joan Osborne, inspired me to write Brambleman the way I did. In other words, it…

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