“Kudzu Chronicles: A Southern Writers Event at Art on the Square” will bring published authors and panel discussions to the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning in downtown Athens Sept. 7-8.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, attendees can come free to hear authors speak on a variety of topics, and join discussions on writing, getting published and historical research and genealogy. Some of the authors who will speak include Christopher Fuqua (“Alabama Musicians”), Dr. Julie Hedgepeth Williams (“A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival”), Kris Reisz (“Unleashed” and other teen science fiction), Robert S. Davis (“Chasing Your Alabama Past” and Civil War history), Peggy Allen Towns (“Duty Driven: North Alabama African Americans during the Civil War”), Rusty Bynum (Alabama history), Sara McDaris (children’s books), Kelly Kazek (“’Twas the Night Before Iron Bowl,”) Jerry Barksdale (“Cornbread Chronicles”), Bill Hunt (“The Last Witness from a Dirt Road”) Penne Laubenthal, Charlotte Fulton and Karen Middleton and Frank Travis.
Tickets to the Friday night kickoff party are $20 each and attendees can meet the authors and have them sign books, as well as enjoy southern refreshments. Attendees can also participate in a silent auction of books signed by a variety of southern authors such as Rick Bragg, Winston Groom, Daniel Wallace, Mark Childress, Robert McCammon, Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Shellie Rushing Thomlinson, Celia Rivenbark, Keith Dunnavant, the participating authors and more.
For information on Kudzu Chronicles, contact Wanda Campbell at the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8260.
Kudzu Chronicles Essay Contest
“Kudzu Chronicles: A Southern Writers Event at Art on the Square” will host an essay contest and winners will participate in the event Sept. 7-8 at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square.
“We know there are untold stories out there,” said Kelly Kazek of the Kudzu Chronicles committee. “This is a great way to identify all those budding authors in our area and, in the meantime, hear some great tall tales that people are just itching to tell.”
The essay contest is open to all ages. Essays should be no longer than 500 words and the essays must include the words “kudzu,” “MoonPie” and “Athens” at least one time each somewhere in the essay.
Essays are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 24 and can be submitted to Wanda Campbell at the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 S. Marion Street in Athens.
First place wins a $100 voucher to purchase artwork at Art on the Square. Also, the top three essayists will have the opportunity to read their works at the symposium kick-off party held on Sept. 7.
For more information on the Kudzu Chronicles, visit www.athens.edu/CLL and click on the Kudzu Chronicle icon.
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