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9th Annual
Murder Goes South...
A Festival of Readers and Writers of the Southern Mystery.

Murder Goes South 2011

Friday January 28, 2011
Dinner Keynote Speaker
New York Times & International
Bestselling Author Erica Spindler

Saturday January 29, 2011
Guest Writers & Guest Presenters

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Guest Speaker Thomas Mullen

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Smyrna Public Library

Thomas Mullen is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today, was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. His latest book is the critically acclaimed, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers.

Mr. Mullen will be joining the Smyrna Book Discussion Group to talk about his novel, The Last Town on Earth on Tuesday March 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at Smyrna Public Library.

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen

The Last Town on Earth
by Thomas Mullen

Set against the backdrop of one of the most virulent epidemics that America ever experienced–the 1918 flu epidemic–Thomas Mullen’s powerful, sweeping first novel is a tale of morality in a time of upheaval.

Deep in the mist-shrouded forests of the Pacific Northwest is a small mill town called Commonwealth, conceived as a haven for workers weary of exploitation. For Philip Worthy, the adopted son of the town’s founder, it is a haven in another sense–as the first place in his life he’s had a loving family to call his own.

And yet, the ideals that define this outpost are being threatened from all sides. A world war is raging, and with the fear of spies rampant, the loyalty of all Americans is coming under scrutiny. Meanwhile, another shadow has fallen across the region in the form of a deadly illness striking down vast swaths of surrounding communities.

When Commonwealth votes to quarantine itself against contagion, guards are posted at the single road leading in and out of town, and Philip Worthy is among them. He will be unlucky enough to be on duty when a cold, hungry, tired–and apparently ill–soldier presents himself at the town’s doorstep begging for sanctuary. The encounter that ensues, and the shots that are fired, will have deafening reverberations throughout Commonwealth, escalating until every human value–love, patriotism, community, family, friendship–not to mention the town’s very survival, is imperiled.

Inspired by a little-known historical footnote regarding towns that quarantined themselves during the 1918 epidemic, The Last Town on Earth is a remarkably moving and accomplished debut.

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Come and Celebrate the
75th Anniversary of the Smyrna Public Library
Brawner Hall
3180 Atlanta Road Smyrna, GA 30080
Saturday September 17th

Music, Storytellers, Historic Exhibits, Games, Food, and Door Prizes

On September 17th the Smyrna Public Library will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the library. The celebration will be held at Brawner Hall on Atlanta Road in Smyrna from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

The festivities will include music by local keyboardist and vocalist, Benny Boynton. Benny Boynton is a seasoned pianist and vocalist having performed with Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Lonestar, Charlie Daniels, The Marshall Tucker Band, Percy Sledge, Chubby Checker, The Drifters, Banks & Shane and many more. He has performed professionally in Atlanta and across the country for over 35 years.

Current library director, Michael Siegler will give a brief talk on the history and highlights of the library.

At 3:00 pm, Feriel Feldman and B.J.Abraham of the Southern Order of Storytellers will tell Carmen Agra Deedy's "The Library Dragon" followed by some additional stories.

B.J. Abraham has been a storyteller and member of the National Storytelling Association and a charter member of Southern Order of Storytellers (SOS) since 1983. She tells to children and adults, specializing in various dialects and character voices. Feriel Feldman is past president of Southern Order of Storytellers. She is a director, actor, storyteller, and has had teenage storytelling troupes for the last twenty years.

In addition, there will be children’s games from the 1930s, video-taped interviews with library patrons reliving memories of visiting the library as children and historic exhibits.

Refreshments and door prizes will also be provided.

The first Smyrna Public Library was opened in September of 1936 by the Smyrna Women's Club - with which it shared space. The initial collection consisted of 50 books on one shelf. Boy Scouts and other children went door-to-door with wagons and wheelbarrows collecting donated books to stock the shelves after it opened.

A new 4000 square foot library building was constructed during the first term of Mayor George Kreeger (1960-1961) for a cost of $54,000. Additions were made in 1969 and 1973.

The current 28,000 square foot library facility, located on the Village Circle, was dedicated in 1991 and houses a collection of over 100,000 books and audio-visual materials.



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