Susan Zuernda Gives Writing Workshop March 2

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Author Susan Zurenda will conduct a writing workshop titled "Family Stories Evoking Emotion in Your Characters" for Southern Lit Alliance on March 2 from 5-6:30 p.m. Reservations  for the workshop and can be made online here

Ms. Zurenda will also speak at the Southbound Lecture Series hosted by the Southern Lit Alliance in the Arts Building on March 7 at 7 p.m. Reservations can be made here

Review for Ms. Zurenda's book, Bells for Eli: 

"A stunning debut, Bells for Eli establishes Susan Beckham Zurenda as one of the most exciting new voices in Southern fiction," says Cassandra King Conroy, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of five novels and the memoir Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy. "In this tender, beautifully-rendered novel, the powerful connection between cousins Delia and Eli takes them on a journey fraught with longing, desire, and heartbreak. Through loss, Delia comes to understand that the bonds of love can never truly be broken."

First cousins Ellison (Eli) Winfield and Adeline (Delia) Green are meant to grow up happily and innocently across the street from one another amid the supposed wholesome values of small-town Green Branch, S.C., in the 1960s and 70s. But Eli's tragic accident changes the trajectory of their lives and of those connected to them. Shunned and even tortured by his peers for his disfigurement and frailty, Eli struggles for acceptance in childhood as Delia passionately devotes herself to defending him.

Delia’s vivid and compassionate narrative voice presents Eli as a confident young man in adolescence—the visible damage to his body gone—but underneath hide indelible wounds harboring pain and insecurity, scars that rule his impulses. And while Eli cherishes Delia more than anyone and attempts to protect her from her own troubles, he cares not for protecting himself. It is Delia who has that responsibility, growing more challenging each year.

Bells for Eli is a lyrical and tender exploration of the relationship between cousins drawn together through tragedy in a love forbidden by social constraints and a family whose secrets must stay hidden. Susan Beckham Zurenda masterfully transports readers into a small Southern town where quiet, ordinary life becomes extraordinary. In this compelling coming of age story, culture, family, friends, bullies, and lovers propel two young people to unite to guard each other in a world where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately triumph. 

Bells for Eli is out March 2 with Mercer University Press. 


CPD Announce National Night Out Is Cancelled

Intersection At Market And 7th Streets To Be Closed Sunday For A Crane Lift

Riverwalk Bridge At Scrappy Moore Field To Be Closed For Repairs On Monday


The Chattanooga Police Department announces that due to COVID-19, Chattanooga’s annual National Night Out is cancelled. But community members and police working together is still on, officials ... (click for more)

The intersection of Market Street and 7th Street will be closed all day on Sunday, for a crane lift. The public should use Broad Street as an alternate route or follow the detour signs. ... (click for more)

The Riverwalk’s bridge at Scrappy Moore Field will be closed Monday morning, due to repair work. (click for more)



Happenings

CPD Announce National Night Out Is Cancelled

The Chattanooga Police Department announces that due to COVID-19, Chattanooga’s annual National Night Out is cancelled. But community members and police working together is still on, officials said. In Chattanooga, National Night Out is traditionally held the first Tuesday of October. Neighborhoods and the CPD organize events that help residents and officers get to know one ... (click for more)

Intersection At Market And 7th Streets To Be Closed Sunday For A Crane Lift

The intersection of Market Street and 7th Street will be closed all day on Sunday, for a crane lift. The public should use Broad Street as an alternate route or follow the detour signs. View CDOT's map of road closures for full details and location of reported closures due to emergencies or construction. (click for more)

Breaking News

Hamilton County Has 2 More COVID Deaths And 91 More Cases

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Georgia state health officials reported on Friday there have been an additional 53 deaths due to the coronavirus. The new total is 6,874. There were 1,547 new cases as that total reached 312,514 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Hospitalizations are at 28,035, up 132 from Thursday. Here are the numbers by county: Catoosa County: 1,171 cases, up 16; 18 deaths; 77 ... (click for more)

Opinion

Increase The Pay Rate For Substitutes

Today Hamilton County Schools had 138 requests for substitutes. The answer to filing those classrooms is simple, increase the daily pay for substitutes. The pay rate is terrible for both certified and noncertified individuals. Knox County wised up and increased the pay. If a substitute works 10 to 14 days a month, he or she would receive an additional $300. If the person worked ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

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