Titles @ Twilight promotes local authors, whose stories of history and the South represent a variety of perspectives. Join us each month for a new topic and new perspective. Click here to view the entire 2018 schedule, or scroll down for more details on upcoming topics.
Titles @ Twilight is FREE to attend and takes place in the Community Room at the Heritage Sandy Springs administrative building, 6110 Blue Stone Road.
Wednesday, September 5, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Anthony Grooms began his enviable career with the marvelous novel, Bombingham, which informed the reader that often some of the truest history of Americans is told in the stories of those who live at the periphery of historical moments. Now with his new novel, The Vain Conversation, Grooms continues with that special way of seeing human history with the journey of Lonnie Henson, a white boy in rural Bethany, Georgia, at the end of World War II. Though Grooms subject matter varies, his work tends to focus on characters struggling with the uncertainty of the Civil Rights Movement. Grooms has received many awards for his writings: the Lillian Smith Prize for Fiction (twice), the Sokolov Scholarship of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Lamar lectureship of Wesleyan College, and an Arts Administration Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006, the Georgia Center of the Book chose two of Grooms’ published works, Ice Poems and Trouble No More, for the “Top 25 List of Books all Georgians should Read. He has been a Finalist for the Legacy Award from Hurston-Wright Foundation, and in 2006 he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship in 2006 to teach and research in Stockholm, Sweden. Grooms is currently a professor of Creative Writing at Kennesaw State University.
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Susan Sands is a true proponent of the southern way of life. Having grown up in Cajun Louisiana, Sands uses her upbringing as inspiration for her stories. Sands writes small-town Southern romantic women’s fiction with quirky, sassy characters and heartfelt happy endings. Her Alabama Series consists of four books including Again, Alabama; Love, Alabama; Forever, Alabama; Christmas, Alabama, all of which chronicle the stories of second chance love, regret, and forgiveness in a fun and eccentric way. The Alabama series brings to life southern charm in all of its glory.
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
During the Industrial Revolution people migrated in droves to American cities resulting in overcrowding both in and out of the urban graveyard. The solution was a revolutionary new type of American burial ground located in the countryside just beyond the city. Erica Danylchak and James R. Cothran document the rise of the rural cemetery movement in Grave Landscapes: The Nineteenth-Century Rural Cemetery Movement. This charmingly illustrated piece features more than 150 historic photographs, stereographs, postcards, engravings, maps, and contemporary images that highlight the inspiration for rural cemeteries, their physical development, and the nature of the landscapes they inspired.
Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
In A Football Story, Castronis chronicles the story about a high school football in the rural south in the late 1960s. In a time when the school system should have begun the process of desegregation, the old “separate but equal” system prevailed. It is a fictional story of possibilities, when a football crazy town begins to understand what might happen to their team if African Americans were able to play. The motives might be questionable but the results are heartwarming. In the end it becomes one boy’s attempt to make his town and his team better.
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