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* What: An evening with Terry Kay

* When: 7 p.m. Sept. 10

* Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 7745 Majors Road

Georgia author Terry Kay will lead off this year’s Forsyth Reads Together as the first visiting author in the fifth annual community event.

The countywide reading effort sponsored by the Forsyth County Public Library and Literacy Forsyth features Kay’s “To Dance With the White Dog.”

Several events associated with the book will take place throughout September, starting with a talk and book signing with Kay on Sept. 10.

In choosing this year’s selection, the committee looked foremost for an author that could visit, said Stephen Kight, the library system’s assistant director for public services.

“When we were coming up with the list of Georgia authors and Southern authors, he was really at the top of the list,” Kight said. “We just heard nothing but wonderful things. He’s a great speaker, and the book itself is fantastic.”

He said the author’s visit and local appeal likely will boost involvement in Forsyth Reads Together, which he described as “a wonderful idea to get the entire community reading and talking about one book.”

Kight expects the “moving” and “sweet story” to appeal to all readers from high school age on up, and could be a great out-loud read for adults to share with their older parents.

The 1990 novel follows a man in his 80s who recently lost his wife and is coping, said Ann Decherd, branch manager of the Cumming library.

“He starts seeing this white dog in the back yard and through a series of events he starts to believe that this white dog is his wife,” Decherd said. “It’s about the family dealing with his issue and what he’s going through, and it’s a beautiful story.”

The book has a “huge following,” especially in the north Georgia area, she said, since Kay is an Athens resident.

Even those who don’t get a chance to finish the novel will still enjoy the author event, Decherd said.

“Just the idea of having the author read from his book and discuss the book can really give you a feel and make you want to read it,” she said. “It’s a wonderful experience to have an author read from his own work.”

The book has a waiting list to be checked out, Kight said, and 76 people have registered to attend the author event at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

He’s expecting more than 200 on opening night, which will start with a catered reception provided by South Forsyth High School’s culinary students and a chance to meet the author.

In the days after the kickoff event, readers can also attend a book discussion at each of the three branches or a scrapbooking workshop.

The scrapbook workshop, which will be held at Sharon Forks and Hampton libraries, is open to all ages to create a family tree art project in following with the generational theme in the book, Decherd said.

The final event, on Sept. 29, will be a film showing at the Cumming branch of the 1993 movie based on the book.