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Local authors take spotlight at festival
Event at GSU free, open to public
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Annette Laing

Organizers of the Georgia Literary Festival have saved plenty of room on the bookshelf for Statesboro's own community of authors. Seven critically acclaimed and award-winning writers with local ties will be among the 25 presenters at the free event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Georgia Southern's Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building.

Lori Amy's "The Wars We Inherit" has been called "brave, fascinating and compelling," Part personal memoir and part critical analysis, the book links the violence found in American homes to the violence that structures the larger culture. Amy is director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at GSU and faculty in the Department of Writing and Linguistics.

In her "Judge Faye Sanders Martin," Rebecca Davis chronicles how the first woman on the Georgia Superior Court overcame gender, poverty and alcoholism to make legal history in Georgia. Davis is also a professor in the GSU department of Political Science.

Sonya Huber will feature her just-released "Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir." Says one reviewer, "Huber finds unexpected truth and gentle comedy in every bizarre corner of this insane labyrinth we call our healthcare system." Huber's "Opa Nobody," the story of her activist grandfather, was shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize. She teaches in the GSU Department of Writing and Linguistics.

Award-winning poet Eric Nelson has published five books, and his work has appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals, including "Poetry" and "The Southern Review." At the Festival, he will be sharing work from his latest book, "The Twins." He teaches in the Writing and Linguistics Department at Georgia Southern.

"Boring history for kids should be banned forthwith," is the mantra for Annette Laing's books. The author of "The Snipesville Chronicles" puts her PhDs in history to work making the topic accessible and enjoyable for young audiences as well as in her TimeShop children's history programs and as an educational consultant and lecturer.

Sally Russell, now a Canadian resident, still links to Statesboro through her family living here. Booklist describes her "Shatter Me with Dawn" as "A vivid tapestry of one woman's ordinary and extraordinary experiences." She is also the author of "Latitude of Home: A Storytelling Journey" and several non-fiction titles.

Nate Evans' "The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza" debuted at #6 on The New York Times Children's Best Seller list in March. Evans's newest series, "Beast Friends Forever," released this month, is an action-adventure series for 7-10 year olds.

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