Very excited to hear that our own Dr. Margaret Mitchell has written a novel and it will be available for purchase on July 7, 2015.  You can read about it and pre-order a copy at Amazon:

….and get more information here:


Tom Strickland, a UWG English major who was killed while serving his country in Iraq, is honored and remembered annually by the addition of a new book to the Library’s literature collection. The book chosen for this year is a newly-published Jack Kerouac novella, The Haunted Life, written when Kerouac was only 22, the same year he first met Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs.

This work only resurfaced recently, after Kerouac lost the manuscript in 1944. Looking back on that time in his 1968 autobiographical novel Vanity of Duluoz, Kerouac mentions having “lost the long novel I had been writing in pencil, printed, in a taxicab: never heard from it again.” Actually, though, it was discovered in a closet at Columbia University, which makes sense, because in October of 1944, Kerouac spent some time staying in Ginsberg’s room at Columbia, and most likely left the manuscript there. In June of 2002 it was listed in a Sotheby’s auction catalog, and was sold to an unnamed bidder for $96,000.

The editor of the book, Dr. Todd Tietchen, who is a professor of American Literature at UMass Lowell (Kerouac’s hometown, and the setting for the story), was giving the keynote address at the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac festival in 2011, when he received an email from the literary executor of the Kerouac estate. He asked if Tietchen would like to stop by and look at the materials in his archives, which included The Haunted Life manuscript. Several months later, he contacted the executor of the estate to talk about publishing it.

More information about Tom Strickland and the Strickland Memorial Collection is available at:


New Webster’s Unabridged Online

Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha 2013

“Faulkner and the Black Literatures
of the Americas”

Oxford, MS • July 21-25, 2013

Mary Ward Brown, Award-Winning Short Story Writer, Dies at 95

Hope no one minds my helping spread the word about this event, which will probably be of interest to at least a few of you:

Carrollton GA, February 11, 2009: Horton’s Books & Gifts welcomes self-proclaimed ‘Cracker” Janis Owens, who explores the cultural history of the south through great food and storytelling in her book: The Cracker Kitchen: A Cookbook in Celebration of Cornbread-fed, Down-home Family Stories and Cuisine. Come visit with her on Saturday, February 28th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Cracker culture is one of the oldest and most misunderstood cultures in American history. But in THE CRACKER KITCHEN, Janis traces the history of Crackers in America to show how they’re more than just the “eighth-generation children of working-class immigrants who came to America before the Civil War.”

The term “Cracker” was originally used to describe a group of southerners considered “ill read” and “overchurched.” Negative in connotation throughout the 19th and first half of the 20th century, “Crackers” were also known as the “crew-cut, toothless miscreants” of the Civil Rights Movement. However, according to Janis, “Cracker” took a positive turn towards the 1970’s, when “Disney moved to Florida and every Yankee on earth built a condo on the coast” and “the Florida-born natives began to self-refer as Crackers as a way of separating their old Florida culture from the flood of Yankee transplants.”  Today, “Cracker” is a term of pride for many (including Janis who is a Florida-born native herself) and is used to describe the kind of people Crackers really are: proud Americans with a deep love of their country, their family, good food and storytelling.

In THE CRACKER KITCHEN, Janis organizes her Cracker cuisine into twenty different seasonal menus for significant celebrations throughout the year, including Easter, Bridal and Baby Showers, Sunday Dinner, Wild Game Days/Hunting Season, a Tailgate Party and Christmas. With more than 150 incredible recipes paired with charming personal stories, Janis guides readers through this delightful southern culture of delicious eating. Just a few of the amazing recipes in THE CRACKER KITCHEN include: Easter Ham (which involves the use of a can of cola!), Cracklin’ Cornbread, Sister Jackson’s Sausage Cheese Balls, Cold Coconut Cake, Aunt Izzy’s Banana Pudding, Chicken and Dumplings, Peanut Butter Pie, Velveeta Rocky Road Fudge, Fried Cooter, Baked Armadillo, and even Stewed Squirrel. THE CRACKER KITCHEN is a unique and incredibly charming cookbook that will appeal to anyone with an appreciation of Americana.

To reserve a copy of either book, please contact the store at 770-832-8021, or send an e-mail to:


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