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When authors are visiting Forsyth County libraries this fall

More than a dozen authors will visit Forsyth County Public Library locations this fall to talk with readers, sign books and share advice about publishing with aspiring writers.

Each author visit and writer’s panel is free and registration is not required. Here’s a look at the upcoming events, but for more information visit

“Deep in the Heart of Texas”

7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21

Sharon Forks Library

What: Texas Stready, a memoir author, offers an up-close view into the mind of an addict on a downward spiral and the revelations that finally led to her recovery.

Library says: “Texas Stready’s story of addiction is, unfortunately, familiar to many in our community. Her recovery is a beacon of hope for families and friends who want to understand how and why their loved ones are struggling with addiction,” said Programming Manager Tracy Walker.

Wednesday Writer’s Workshop

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28

Post Road Library

What: Ginger Garrett, author of “The Last Monster” and several other books for teens and adults, will moderate a workshop for writers in middle and high school. Garrett will offer constructive critiques, tips and strategies and guidance on the publishing process.

“Nationalism Without Compassion”

7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5

Post Road Library

What: Daniel Blackman, a local human rights advocate and venture-philanthropist, will speak about how his book focuses on what unites us as a nation, rather than divides as a people. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

“Drowned in North Georgia”

2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15

Hampton Park Library

What: Lisa Russell, a local historian who wrote “Lost Towns of North Georgia” and “Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia,” will explain how Georgia’s controversial decision to dam the region’s rivers for power and water supply changed the landscape forever.

Library says: “Lisa Russell literally wrote the book on the history of lost and forgotten places in our area. … If they’re not from this area, readers might be surprised to learn that north Georgia’s lakes are not naturally occurring. They were built as part of civic works projects, but their creation meant the loss of homes, cemeteries, and whole towns. Lisa’s research gathers photos and stories from those forgotten places and gives us all a new perspective on things we might otherwise take for granted,” Walker said.

“Secrets of the Forest”

2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22

Hampton Park Library

What: Local author and nature educator Mark Warren will speak about his series of nonfiction books, “Secrets of the Forest,” and explain how the Cherokee used common plants as medicines and how these remedies can still be effective today.

“Confessions of a KidLit Critique Group”

10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5

Hampton Park Library

What: Forsyth Writers Together will host a seven-author panel discussion on children’s literature. Authors and illustrators will explain how they found agents and lost them, handled rejections, got their work published, writing strategies and methods for critiquing children’s books and answer questions from the audience.

Halloween family story time

10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26

Post Road Library

What: Sara Varon, author of such children’s books and graphic novels as “Chicken and Cat” and “Sweaterweather,” will visit a special Halloween-themed family story time.

Library says: “Sara Varon is both an author and illustrator and she’s such an engaging storyteller. Families who participate in this special program will be entranced by her on-the-fly character sketches and her unique storytelling style. While she writes for a range of ages, Ms. Varon will be focusing on her picture books for this program,” Walker said.