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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 schedule for the first half of 2019, 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, February 6, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Roger Johns: “River of Secrets”

When a controversial politician is murdered in cold blood, Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman struggles to find the killer amid conspiracies and corruption in River of Secrets, a gripping new mystery from Roger Johns. Local author Roger Johns is a former corporate lawyer and retired college professor, and the author of Dark River Rising (2017) and River of Secrets (2018). He is a 2018 Georgia Author of the Year, a 2018 Killer Nashville Readers’ Choice Award nominee, and a finalist for the 2018 Silver Falchion Award for best police procedural. His articles and interviews on writing and the writing life have appeared in Career Author, Criminal Element, Killer Nashville Articles, and the Southern Literary Review.

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Deborah Mantella: “My Sweet Vidalia”

In rural Georgia on July 4, 1955, an act of violence threatens the life of Vidalia Lee Kandal Jackson’s pre-born daughter. Despite the direst of circumstances, the spirit of the lost child refuses to leave her ill-equipped young mother’s side. For as long as she is needed – through troubled pregnancies, poverty, spousal abuse, and agonizing betrayals – the determined spirit child, Cieli Mae, narrates their journey. A transplant to the south, Deborah Mantella has lived and taught in various cities in the Northeast and Midwest. Now a resident of Georgia, she lives outside Atlanta with her husband and is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club, the Authors Guild, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Margery Diamond: “Torah and Trails”

Torah and Trails is a photographic trail guide for integrating Judaism and Jewish history with environmental awareness and an appreciation of Nature. A visual artist, Margery Diamond uses her passion for natural beauty to produce photographic images that capture the rich stillness and timeless scope of nature. Her gorgeous photographs illuminate scriptural text and capture your eyes, head, and heart. Her award-winning images are on exhibit throughout the United States and Israel, and she is published in several national and regional magazines. This book is for everyone who enjoys the outdoors: camp directors, counselors, Rabbis, youth leaders, teachers, parents, outdoor educators, hikers and ecologists alike.

Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Dr. William Rawlings: “The Strange Journey of the Confederate Constitution”

The Strange Journey of the Confederate Constitution is a collection of seventeen articles and essays on topics in Georgia and Southern history ranging from the significance of the invention of the cotton gin and the Great Yazoo Fraud, to the true story of the Lost Confederate Treasure, to the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. Dr. William Rawlings was born, raised and still lives on the family farm in Sandersville, Georgia. After completing his postgraduate medical training in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, he returned to Sandersville to practice medicine with his father. He has received numerous awards and accolades over the years, including the award of an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Mercer University in 2011. Dr. Rawlings is the author of five “southern suspense” novels, and three historical nonfiction works and is a frequent contributor to Georgia Backroads.

Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Rona Simmons: “Untold, Unsung”

Rona Simmons writes fiction and nonfiction, having co-authored Images from World War II: The Art of Jack Smith in 2017 with the nonagenarian artist and veteran of World War II. With an anticipated publication in 2019, Untold, Unsung recounts the stories of noncombat veterans of World War II with stories to tell. Rona Simmons is the author of Postcards from Wonderland (February 2015) and a previous work of historical fiction, The Quiet Room (November 2013). She retired in 2011 after a thirty-year career in the financial services industry and turned to writing. Today she is an active member of the Atlanta Writers Club and Georgia Writers Association.

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