The Bookmark: Books make the ideal present this holiday season


By Nancy Sanker, Special to The Paper

Here we are … poised at the month of feeling grateful and beginning the quest for the perfect gift. In my mind, that ideal present has pages that transport the reader to other times and places. It could be a book that is chock full of kid fun like the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey or perhaps one that provides devotional guidelines for quiet times or a volume that re-teaches long-forgotten history!

Unfortunately, some of us are knee-deep in the quicksand of grief and need a lifeline gift. Hospice Chaplain the Rev. LeAnn Johns taught me that the loneliest time of the year for someone in mourning is Thanksgiving. Several of her favorite books written for children, but also helpful for adults, are The Invisible String by Patrice Karst, I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand by Dr. Pat Palmer and The Memory Box by Joanna Rowland.

Gathering with people can be a healing balm, an educational journey and a celebration of friendship. I’m betting that several events listed below will leave you feeling thankful and just might yield a gift or two!

Newnan Carnegie Library – 1 Lagrange St.  Register for events at the Carnegie- 770-683-1347

• Friday, Nov. 15 – 5-9 p.m. – Holiday Sip and Read – Stroll on over to the Carnegie for games, refreshments, book giveaways AND City Store merchandise (gift hint-hint). More info available at

• Monday, Nov. 25 – 9:30 – 11 a.m. – Carnegie Literary Circle will discuss So Big by Edna Ferber

• Tuesday, November 26 – 3:30-4:30 p.m. – As The Page Turns book Club will discuss The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Don’t forget to reserve your spot!

• Tuesday, December 3 – 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Other Night School: The Life and Death of English Grammar. The one constant in life is change. Grammar changes, too! Who knew? Join this lively talk by the University of West Georgia Interim President, Dr. Michael Crafton. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 6 p.m. and the talk will start at 6:30 p.m.. For more information on The Other Night School please visit

Coweta Public Libraries – call to reserve your spot at one of the following four branches:
Central Library – 85 Literary Lane – 770-683-2052
• Saturday, November 9 @ 2-3 p.m. – Lego Building Club

• Thursday, November 14 -11:30 a.m. to 12:30  p.m.– Gentle Reads Book Club – because adulting is hard enough. This club for ages 18 and up will focus on gentle reads including cozy mysteries, sweet romances and general fiction that make you feel good. Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke will be discussed on this meeting date.

Grantville Branch- 100 Park Drive – 770-683-0535
• Friday, November 22 – 3:30-5 p.m.– Santa’s Ultimate Adventure & Tree Trimming Party

• Monday, November 25 and 26 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Escape Room: Santa’s Workshop

Powell Branch – 25 Hospital Road – 770-253-3625
• Thursday, November 14 – 5:30-6:30  p.m.– Teen Cooking

• Saturday, November 16 – 10:30-11:30 a.m. – CAREing Paws Reading to always attentive dogs!

Senoia Branch – 148 Pylant Branch – 770-599-3537
• Monday, November 11 – 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Social Club Craft n’ Creations

• Thursday, November 21 – 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Senoia Lego Club

Southern Crescent Literature & Libations – Thursday, November 14 – 6:30 p.m.
Often a gift is an experience vs. something to wrap and watch as it is ceremoniously unwrapped. Other times you just need to give yourself a pre-holiday present like attending this event at Newnan’s independent bookstore, Southern Fried Books, 29 Jackson St. (770-683-1239). Sample appetizers and wine will be available at this free gathering.

The accomplished group of presenters includes:
• Jameson Gregg, 2015 Georgia Author of the Year, will discuss his humorous book of fiction, Luck Be A Chicken.

• Diana Goodman, Hee-Haw TV actress, will share details about her non-fiction book Hollywood Lights, Nashville Nights: Two Hee-Haw Honeys Dish Life, Love, Elvis, Buck, and Good Times in the Kornfield.

• Amy Lyle, a No. 1 bestselling author, filmmaker, and television host of In the Burbs, will share her memoir fun from Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book Of Failures and We’re All A Mess, It’s OK. Grab a friend to share this sure-to-be-fun evening – no gift wrap needed!

Another gift-hint – Southern Fried Bookstore stocks more than great books. It’s just the spot to find games, cards, stickers and magnets for your book-loving friends.

Book Club Update
The Cottages Book Club (Wine and Words to our friends, including you!)  enjoyed reading/discussing The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig in October. Kathy gave us two options for November and we chose What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon. What is your book club reading?

I hope this season finds you relishing friends, family and of course, all things literary…even more than that cranberry relish on your table!


Nancy Carol Sanker landed in Newnan via Ohio, Colorado and California. The constants in her life are her love of family, friends, fundraising and books. Nine years ago, she created Lights for Linda to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of her sister. Now she looks forward to illuminating the literary opportunities and fundraisers our community offers readers of all ages. Nancy’s 11-year-old book club provides fresh, new titles while her two and eight-year-old grandchildren keep her aware of books for “littles.” Who knew a cow could type? Your contributions about book clubs, Little Free Libraries, events and fundraisers will lead the The Bookmark to success! To email Nancy: [email protected].

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