This provocative and entertaining (and informal!) gathering of Southern writers and the folks who love to read their writing is set for Saturday, February 13 at the Stone Center Theatre on the campus of Jacksonville State University.
This conference -- one of my very favorites -- is always a great chance to discover emerging writers who are on their way to great things. On the brink, so to speak.
This year, the lineup features:
· Melissa J. Delbridge, who wrote a series of essays that make up the memoir Family Bible;
· Ted Dunagan, author of the coming-of-age novel A Yellow Watermelon;
· Amanda C. Gable, who wrote The Confederate General Rides North, a novel that takes a mother and daughter on a journey of discovery of things past and present;
· Emyl Jenkins, whose mystery The Big Steal is set in the world of antiques; think of it as mystery and mayhem meet Antiques Roadshow;
· Thomas Lakeman, whose crime novel Broken Wing is set in post-Katrina New Orleans;
· Joanna Catherine Scott, whose newest book, Child of the South, is a stand-alone sequel to The Road from Chapel Hill;
· Neil White, whose memoir, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts, grew out of his own incarceration at a federal prison in Carville, LA, that is also home to a leper colony;
· Susan Rebecca White, whose novel Bound South explores the daily clash between old-fashioned Atlanta traditions and 21st-century reality.
There are plenty of opportunities for author-reader back and forth at On the Brink. During lunch, the writers each take a table, which they share with any readers who care to join them. Also, in addition to reading from their works, the writers generally go into great detail about how and why they write. Audience questions are a big part of the presentation.
You are encouraged to pre-register by February 3. The registration fee is $45, and that includes lunch with the authors.