Two-Time Author Of The Year To Share At Learning Center

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Raymond Atkins is the state of Georgia’s two-time Author of the Year as honored by the Georgia Writers Association. Atkins is an English instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
Raymond Atkins is the state of Georgia’s two-time Author of the Year as honored by the Georgia Writers Association. Atkins is an English instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Georgia’s two-time Author of the Year, Raymond Atkins, will speak at the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy’s Sixth Annual, “One Book, One Community” event at the Benton Place Learning Center in Ringgold, Ga. on June 26 at 6:30 p.m.

For the second time in six years, the Georgia Northwestern Technical College English instructor has been named Georgia’s Author of the Year by the Georgia Writers Association. Atkins won his most recent award for his work, “Camp Redemption.” The 58-year-old fiction writer won the award the first time around in 2008 for his piece, “The Front Porch Prophet.”

Mr. Atkins will be available immediately following his appearance to sign books.  Books are currently available for check out at the Catoosa County Library, as well as for purchase at the Learning Center.

“One Book, One Community operates much like a book club with everyone reading, thinking about, and discussing the same story. This program is a way to connect the community with reading. Citizens share the experience of reading one book and meet the author of the book. The program has been well received in the past with authors such as Susan Gregg-Gilmore, Terry Kay, Patricia Sprinkle, Karen White, and Janie Dempsey Watts.  The literacy taskforce strives to select books that will appeal to everyone," officials said.

For more information about the event, please contact Catoosa Citizens for Literacy at 706-965-8275, ext. 5.






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