Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association and the Tennessee Art Commission have supplied a grant to provide copies of “A Bird on Water Street,” the new novel by Atlanta author Elizabeth O. Dulemba, to Polk County fifth-graders who will attend two free talks donated by Dulemba at the West and East Polk County libraries on May 16.
The grant will go farther through the generosity of Fox Tale Bookshoppe of Woodstock, Ga., which is providing the books at a discount.
The event was organized by Carolyn Smith, Jenny Rogers, Ann Rymer and Denise Burk.
Dulemba is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her new book with the children of the Copper Basin, since the story takes place in Copperhill during the closing of the copper mine in 1986.
“I want the kids to have the chance to read the book and learn more about their local history, to take pride in the accomplishments of their community. It’s always been my intention to symbolically give the book back to the community that inspired it. I was so flattered that Tennessee Overhill, the Tennessee Art Commission, FoxTale Bookshoppe, librarians, friends of the library, and local schools came together to make this happen,” she said.
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“A Bird on Water Street” took Dulemba 10 years to complete, but many feel it was worth the wait.
Although officially released May 7, it’s already won three awards: it is a Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) Okra Book Pick; a Gold Mom’s Choice Award-winner; and is the 2014 National Book Festival featured title for the state of Georgia in Washington, D.C.
Reviews for “A Bird on Water Street” have been outstanding and the cities of Copperhill and McCaysville, Ga., agree.
They are embracing the book and will celebrate its release on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the heart of downtown at the Blue Line.
A stage will be set up for Dulemba to talk about her book and invite folks she interviewed to share their own history as it relates to the story.
FoxTale Bookshoppe will have books available for purchase with a portion of sales going to the Ducktown Basin Museum, where Dulemba did much of her research.
The Saturday event is open to the public.
Dulemba is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator with two dozen titles to her credit. Dulemba enjoys giving back to the community as illustrator coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Southern region and as a Board Member for the Georgia Center for the Book.
She is visiting associate professor at Hollins University and has a master of fine arts in writing and illustrating children’s books and certificate in children’s book illustration programs, and speaks regularly at schools, festivals, and events. Dulemba’s highly popular “Coloring Page Tuesday” images (free to parents, teachers and librarians) garner around one million hits to her website annually, and 3,000 subscribers enjoy her newsletter.
“A Bird on Water Street” is her first novel.
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