2016 DLF Lunch with the Author Information

Lunch with the Author will take place on Saturday, March 12 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Find out where your favorite authors will be eating and hanging out with their fans in the list below. Please call or email to make reservations to make sure you get a seat at the table!

Karen Abbott:  Bourbon Street Grill (email cmalcolm@windstream.net by Friday, 3-11, 11:00 p.m.)

Jacob M. Appel: Back Porch Oyster Bar  (706-864-8623)

V.L. Brunskill: Picnic Cafe  (706-864-1095)

Jackie Cooper: Shenanigan’s (cmalcolm@windstream.net by Friday, 3-11, 11:00 p.m.)

Delilah S. Dawson: Corkscrew Cafe  (706-867-8551)

Molly Harper: Spirits Tavern  (706-482-0580)

Ann Hite: Don Pollo  (706-867-0233)

Joshilyn Jackson: Pueblos  (706-867-7155)

Brian Panowich: Don Pollo  (706-867-0233)

Cherie Priest: Gustavo’s  (706-864-2366)

M.J. Pullen: Shenanigan’s  (email cmalcolm@windstream.net by Friday, 3-11, 11:00 p.m.)

Jaye Wells: Back Porch Oyster Bar  (706-864-8623)

 

2016 Special Appearance: Jameson Gregg

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Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Jameson Gregg’s family moved to Georgia’s Golden Isles, where he graduated from Glynn Academy High School. He earned a business degree from the University of Mississippi in 1978 and a law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 1983.

Jameson practiced business and real estate law for 20 years in the Brunswick/St. Simons Island, Georgia, area and achieved the highest national rating of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory before commiitting to his passion for writing full time. A former Partner of Gilbert, Harrell, Gilbert, Sumerford, Martin and Gregg – Georgia’s second oldest law firm – he is currently an inactive member of the Georgia Bar.

Jameson is an avid runner, has competed in half-marathons, and now regularly competes in 5Ks. He enjoys outdoor adventure, having hunted on two African safaris and bicycled 500 miles across Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. He also enjoys hiking the North Georgia mountains, and kayaking and fishing its rivers and streams. He played catcher for his youth Georgia baseball state championship team, Ole Miss intramural handball champion, and coached his children’s baseball and softball teams. Offbeat college jobs include deck hand on a Mississippi River tugboat, traveling circus promoter, taxi driver, and iceman in a chicken plant.

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2016 Special Appearance: Mark Braught

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Mark Braught is an award-winning illustrator who has created images for numerous corporations, design firms, advertising agencies and publishers in the United States and Europe. He has taught at the University of Georgia, Creative Circus, and the Portfolio Center as well as workshops and presentations for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, numerous literary festivals, universities, high schools and elementary schools across the country.

Projects & Clients include The Kentucky Derby, Warner Brothers, Scholastic, Sleeping Bear Press, Newsweek, Citibank, Visa, Learner Publishing, Oxford Press among others.

Braught is the illustrator of the children’s books P is for Peach: A Georgia AlphabetCosmo’s Moon, Dear Baby, I’m Watching Over You, T is for Touchdown, A Football Alphabet, J is For Jump Shot, A Basketball Alphabet, and Ellen Craft’s Escape from Slavery, and Piggles Choice in addition to a number of book covers including Princess Nevermore and Cam’s Quest.

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2016 Featured Author: Cherie Priest

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Cherie Priest is the author of 19 books and novellas, most recently the acclaimed gothic horror stories Chapelwoodand Maplecroft, and the hit young adult project I Am Princess X. But she is perhaps best known for the steampunk pulp adventures of the Clockwork Century, beginning with Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the Eden Moore series from Tor; and three novellas for Subterranean Press. In addition to all of the above, her first foray into George R. R. Martin’s superhero universe, Fort Freak (for which she wrote the interstitial mystery), debuted in the summer of 2011. Her short stories and nonfiction articles have appeared in such fine publications as Weird Tales, Publishers Weekly, and numerous anthologies – and her books have been translated into nine languages in eleven countries. These days, she lives in a nifty old house in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband and a small menagerie of exceedingly photogenic pets.

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2016 Featured Author: M.J. Pullen

When she’s not chasing two little boys or trying to wipe something sticky off the floor, M.J. (Manda) Pullen is the bestselling author of women’s fiction and romantic comedies: Every Other Saturday, The Marriage Pact, Regrets Only (coming March 2016) and Baggage Check (coming July 2016).

M.J. grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Writing has always been a big part of her life, both professionally and personally. She studied English Literature and Business at the University of Georgia in Athens, and later Professional Counseling at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She practiced psychotherapy for five years before taking a sabbatical to spend more time writing and raising her brood. Since high school, she has also been an executive assistant, cashier, telemarketer, professional fundraiser, marketing guru, magazine writer, grant-writer, waitress, box-packer, HR person, and casual drifter.

M.J. loves creating true-to-life characters who are flawed, relatable, and most importantly redeemable. She tries to explore all aspects of relationships, from romantic entanglements to battles between mortal enemies, and everything in between. She reads and writes across many genres, and learns something from everything she does. No matter what she’s writing, M.J. believes that love is the greatest adventure there is, and that hopeless romantics are never really hopeless.

After years traveling and living in places like Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas, M.J. has now returned to her home city of Atlanta, where she lives with her husband and two young sons. She loves to hear from readers and other writers – so drop her a line!

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2016 Featured Author: Brian Panowich

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A military brat, Brian Panowich grew up constantly on the move and saw such varied locations as Germany, Rome, East Berlin (before the wall came down), and the Swiss Alps. He was a touring musician for twelve years before settling in East Georgia with his family. He now works full-time as a firefighter.

Brian is the author of Bull Mountain, a southern crime saga from Putnam Books. He has several stories available in print and online collections. Two of his stories, “If I Ever Get Off This Mountain” and “Coming Down The Mountain”, were nominated for a Spinetingler award in 2013. Bull Mountain is his first novel.

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2016 Featured Author: Ann Hite

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Ann Hite’s debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, not only became a Townsend Prize Finalist but won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in numerous national anthologies. The Storycatcher is her second Black Mountain novel. The latest Black Mountain novel is Where the Souls Go.

Ann is an admitted book junkie with a library of over a thousand books. She lives in Smyrna, Georgia with her husband and daughter, where she allows her Appalachian characters to dictate their stories.

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2016 Author: Molly Harper

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Molly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.SingleUndeadMomsClub

2016 Featured Author: Jackie K Cooper

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Jackie K Cooper is a film and book critic whose reviews appear on his personal website www.jackiekcooper.com, as well as rottentomatoes.com and huffingtonpost.com. His reviews also run in an assortment of newspapers in Georgia. In addition he is a featured guest on radio and TV shows across the South. He has his own weekly television show “The Jackie K Cooper Show” which runs on several cable channels in middle Georgia.

memorysmistCooper is the author of six books: (1) Journey Of A Gentle Southern Man (2) Chances And Choices (3) Halfway Home (4) The Bookbinder(5) The Sunrise Remembers (6) Back To The Garden. His Latest Book Memory’s Mist was published by Mercer University Press in September 2013.

He is one of the founders of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television.

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2016 Featured Author: Karen Abbott

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Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second CityAmerican Rose, and, most recently, Liar Temptress Soldier Spy, named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Amazon, and Flavorwire, and optioned by Sony for a miniseries. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City, where she’s at work on her next book.

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