GA PSC hopeful John Noel runs with the sun

PSC candidate John Noel wants Georgia’s energy future to be solar-powered By Jonathan Grant Republican victories in Georgia Public Service Commission races have been so predictable in recent years that Democrats haven’t bothered to field a candidate in three of the past five elections. Next year is shaping up to be quite different for the state’s asleep-at-the-wheel all GOP regulatory…

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A few words on Brambleman & Forsyth County

Note: I originally wrote this piece as a guest post for CummingLocal.com.   In my novel, Charlie Sherman learns that there are things people need to know  about Forsyth County, Georgia, and he’s the one to tell them, despite facing overwhelming  obstacles. This means there’s a book within the book—make that two.  First, there’s Forsyth County’s historic racial terrorism and…

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What Makes Sally Run?

I intended to sit down and write a strictly biographical piece about Sally Harrell, but first I want to address some drama that’s been playing out over the past few days in Georgia’s 40th District State Senate race. It seems Sally’s opponent got on Facebook and attacked her as the “establishment candidate,” backed by “the elite.” Some kind of deal…

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Brambleman wins major publishing award

News from Thornbriar Press (orig. pub. June 3, 2013) Strange Tale of Georgia County’s Ethnic Cleansing Claims Prize Brambleman, Jonathan Grant’s gritty, supernaturally-tinged tale of racism, redemption, and revenge in Forsyth County, Georgia, has won the Independent Book Publishers Association’s 2013 Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for popular fiction. Franklins, which honor excellence in  editorial and design, are considered among the highest…

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About Brambleman, a novel

The story: Down-and-out Atlanta writer Charlie Sherman has no idea what madness awaits him when a mysterious stranger convinces him to finish a dead man’s book about a horrific crime that’s gone unpunished for decades. What Charlie inherits is an unwieldy manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912. During the course…

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