Third Thursday Programs
Sara Hines Martin will read from, discuss and sign her book,
More Than Petticoats - Remarkable Georgia Women. In her book,
Martin examines the determination of fourteen resourceful
women, all of whom rebelled against the strict social codes
of the turn-of-the-2Oth-centumry American South. The book
includes Margare Mitchell, author of the world's most beloved
novel; " Ma" Rainey, known as the "Mother of
the Blues"; Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl
Scouts; and more.
has master's degrees in religious education and counseling
and her own private counseling practice. She has lived in
two Third World countries and traveled extensively. A resident
of suburban Atlanta, she is also the author of Walking
Atlanta, and has been writing professionally for 44 years.
February 17, 2005
Author M. Kay duPont will read from, discuss, and sign her
book, Loving Mr. Lincoln: The Personal Diaries of Mary
Todd Lincoln. Winner of the 2OO3 Georgia Writers Association
Fiction Award, this work of historical fiction is based on
the premise that Mary Todd Lincoln's diaries Were discovered
in an old trunk purchased at a flea market.
"beautifully written, captivating historical fiction",
duPont's book presents Mary Lincoln in her "own words"-
her life, love, and daily struggles with Abraham in their
24 years together. The 16th First Lady will capture your attention
and your heart.
Patrick's Day Cooking Demo
March 17, 2005
Join Smyrna's own Chef Mark Milliron, CSC (certified sous
chef), as he whips up a St. Patty's
Day treat for the Friends. Mark Milliron has been cooking
for 20 years. He is a Culinary Institute of America graduate
and the founder of Dining In, where he provides personalized
multi-course meals prepared and served in your home.
information about Chef Milliron and Dining In, go to www.diningin.us
April 14, 2005
Anna Cabral will be the special of the Friends of Smyrna Library.
Cabral for a town hall-style meeting where she will discuss
how Social Security can be strengthened and improved.
The Early Days of Atlanta Baseball
June 16, 2005
the authors present thier book and a historical abstract of
Atlanta baseball in the 64 years before the Braves arrived
when the Crackers were Atlanta's team.
from Barnes & Noble:
with a sense of nostalgia for lost traditions, this is the
first comprehensive history of Atlanta's original minor league
baseball team. It is the complete chronicle of the rise of
amateur and minor league baseball in Atlanta as told through
the rise and fall of the Atlanta Crackers (19011965).
Through never-before-published player interviews and extensive
illustrations, this history examines all the dramas and politics
that affected the team over the years, from forced team sales
to fights over the admittance of the first African American
player. Included are stories of the major actors in this baseball
saga, original photographs and memorabilia, and extensive
charts of every recorded team score and player statistics.
Beat The Boss at Horseshoes...
September 15, 2005
Life is a lot like horseshoes- it's a whole lot more fun when
you're doing what it takes to win.
Roy Lantz shares his unique perspectives on winning the game
of life in his newest book, Never Beat the Boss at Horseshoes
(102 Ways to Pitch Ringer after Ringer in the Game of Life).
The book is filled with inspiring and motivational stories...
You'll learn to approach the game of life from a whole new
Lantz is a professional speaker and the author of numerous
articles, audio, and video programs on personal and professional
development (including The Care and Keeping of Customers).
Atlanta and Beyond
October 20, 2005
Just in time for Halloween, William N. Bender will present
stories from his compilation, Haunted Atlanta and Beyond:
Ghost Stories from Atlanta, Athens, and North Georgia.
stories presented in this folkloric collection provide a supernatural
tour throughout northern Georgia and the Atlanta area. Specters
such as jilted lovers, restless murder victims,ghosts gone
wild at a UGA sorority house, and a creepy boarder at a bed-and-breakfast
appear in the stories. Spanning the time between the Civil
War and the modern day, the spooky tales entwine legends with
scientific details and paranormal phenomena.
N. Bender is a professor of psychology at the University of
Georgia. He lives in Athens, Georgia.
November 17, 2005
In her debut novel, Gods in Alabama, Joshilyn Jackson tells
the story of Arlene Fleet, who made three promises to God
when she headed off to college in Chicago: She would never
again lie, never fornicate outside of marriage, and never,
ever go back to her tiny hometown of Possett, Alabama (the
"fourth rack of Hell"). Despite pleas over the decade
to come home, Arlene reconsiders only after a sudden visit
from a former classmate.
Journal says: " Forget steel magnolias - meet titanium
blossoms in Jackson's debut novel, a potent mix of humor,
murder, and a dysfunctional Southern family."
Jackson is a native of the Deep South, a former actor and
award-winning teacher, and now a full-time writer and mother
of two. She is currently at work on her second novel. She
lives with her family outside of Atlanta, Georgia.