Book lovers are invited to hear Kimberly Brock, Georgia Author of the Year for 2013, present a reading and lecture on her debut novel, “The River Witch” on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Room 105 of The James E. Brown Center on the Dalton State College Campus.
"Kimberly Brock is a perfect fit for our festival,” says Lydia Knight, director of Dalton State’s Roberts Library. “Her debut novel has been recommended and praised by Terry Kay, who was our speaker last year, and by Sharyn McCrumb, another noted southern writer.”
The Book Festival is hosted by Dalton State’s Derrell C. Roberts Library with support from the Student Activities Committee and Dalton State Foundation and is held to promote literacy and a lifelong love of reading.
“The River Witch” tells the story of a young woman working to mend her broken life by traveling to the Georgia Sea Islands, where she learns about herself and the very human desire to belong and be loved. The novel, written in 2012, won Brock the Georgia Author of the Year Award for 2013.
A native of North Georgia, Ms. Brock credits this region for inspiring her stories. “Growing up in Georgia influences everything about my work,” she says. “I think regional writers – particularly southern writers – are haunted by our connection to, love of, loss of, and journey back to the land.”
Compounded with a tender affection for her home state is a love for spinning tales of the real human struggles with identity and acceptance. “The novel embodies a sense of what it means to experience transformative love,” says Ms. Brock. “When people read ‘The River Witch,’ I hope they will identify with the characters who must find the courage to shift and change to survive.”
Ms. Brock has also authored short stories which are featured in the anthologies “Summer in Mossy Creek” and “Sweeter Than Tea.” Additionally, she serves as the Blog Network Coordinator for She Reads national online book club, which actively spearheads several women’s literacy efforts through the She Reads Gives Back campaign.
Copies of “The River Witch” are available at Roberts Library for check-out by campus and community members who wish to read the book before Ms. Brock’s appearance at the Book Festival. Copies will also be available for purchase after the presentation; Ms. Brock will stay for a book signing after her lecture.
The program is free and open to the public, and seating is first come, first served. For more information, contact Roberts Library at 706.272-4575.