This year’s author is Janie Dempsy Watts.
A Chattanooga native with strong roots in Georgia, she writes both fiction and non-fiction stories.
Her first novel, “Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge” was nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year Award and a S.I.B.A., was a finalist in the Augusta Literary Festival and was chosen as Catoosa County’s 2012 community-wide read.
Her short stories have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. Her non-fiction stories have appeared in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series and she pens a column, “Boomerang,” for “Catoosa Life Magazine.”
After many years in California, she returned to Georgia to live near Taylor’s Ridge with her husband, Steve, and an American bulldog, Bella.
Most days she can be found at the family farm caring for her horses, one that she describes as sweet and gentle, and two that are just plain ornery.
Merchants Alley will open at 10 a.m. with vendors listed at a later date. The luncheon will start at noon and book signing following author presentation. Tickets are now on sale at the Library for $35 for individuals and $300 to reserve a table for eight. Tables are great for book clubs.
FOLA helps support the children’s program as well as other endeavors for the library. Professional staff provides patrons reference and reader’s advisory assistance in locating books, audiovisual, information and other materials.
The Collection includes: more than 30,000 items in the Easy, Easy Reader, Juvenile and Young Adult sections of the Children’s Room; a reference collection is provided for in-house use; DVDs and books on CDs; and children’s magazines.
Programs for Children include: Preschool story-times twice a week; Baby Bookworms, a lap sit program for babies – 3 years along with parents/grand parents; a family story-time once a week; the Summer Reading Program in June and July; and many other fun events. Tours or orientations for groups and classes can be made by appointment. Computers are available for children’s use as well as an online-catalog.
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