The Bookmark: December Literary Happenings in-and-around Coweta


By NANCY CAROL SANKER, Special to The Paper

I collect vintage clocks. Don’t ask me why. Maybe I like their faces. Or maybe it’s because I have a healthy respect for time. Clocks are powerful reminders that no matter how we try to grasp their twelve hours, they slip right between our tightly fisted fingers. 

This holiday season can you tuck an experience in between the pages of your gift books? It doesn’t have to be Fancy-Dancy. Years ago, I tucked “A Day with Mom” gift cards in my kids’ books. What a success! Now guess what I am requesting of their 40- something selves?

Your gift of time could be a meal provided for an overworked mom or dad, babysitting a little one who is wild with Santa anticipation or a visit with a senior who has more Christmas memories to share than an overstuffed cookie jar. If your “time-share card” is tucked into a locally bought book, it’s even better!

The items listed below are bound to give you book gifting ideas and events to share with someone deserving of your time.

Coweta Public Library System (CPLS)

Central, Powell Branches
Monday-Friday – 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday – closed.

Senoia Branch
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10 a.m. to  5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – closed.

Grantville Branch
Monday – Friday- 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – closed.

Free Wi-Fi in all library parking lots – 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Password: Bookworm.

The CPLS newsletter is back! Take a few minutes to register at to keep up with their services, programs and trends.

• Thursday, December 9 to 11 a.m., Central Library – Join talented paper artist, Rae Dunn for the Too Cute Santa Art Workshop. Register early at 770-683-2052 ext. 8605.

• Wednesday, December 15, 3 p.m. – Central Library – Pageturners Book Club will discuss Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. Looking at real estate usually isn’t a life-or death situation, but that’s what an apartment open house becomes when a bank robber takes an assortment of strangers hostage.

The Newnan Carnegie Library (NCL)

1 Lagrange Street, downtown Newnan ( – 770-683-1347.

Register for events on Eventbrite. Space is limited.

Monday-Friday – 9 a.m-5 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m.-noon
Sunday – closed.

• Friday, December 10, 6 p.m. – Polar Express Party. What’s better than cookie decorating and watching the Polar Express movie? Not much, so hurry and reserve a space – this event is popular.

• Tuesday, December 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Joe & Taj’s School of Wizardry for ages 6-12 years. Register at Eventbrite starting one week before the show. Space is limited.

Write On – News from Hometown Novel Nights

• Your fellow writers are willing to share their most valuable commodity – time. You can benefit from hearing about their struggles, successes and lessons learned the hard way so you don’t have to repeat them. T.M. “Mike” Brown is always willing to help – you can find this literary hero at

• 2nd Monday evening of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – On-Line Writers Critique Meeting – Writers submit and read up to ten pages of their WIP Manuscript and receive feedback and suggestions from fellow authors. 

• 3rd Saturday morning, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – In-Person Writers Gathering at Corner Arts Gallery & Book Nook – 30 S. Court Square. Newnan writers will share updates, concerns and creative questions about their writing journeys. Handouts on timely topics pertaining to writing and publishing will be distributed.

• If you have a core group of writers interested in forming a local in-person writers’ group outside of Newnan, please write to [email protected].

• Any HNN Writers who have recently released a book or have an upcoming launch in 2022 be sure to notify HNN. They will celebrate with you and spread the word to give your “Bandwagon” an extra kickstart. You might even get added to one of the upcoming 2022 monthly Hometown Novel Nights Author Programs in Newnan or LaGrange!

Who Knows How to Cook the Book?

I do, thanks to the Senoia Area Historical Society’s event that took place Wednesday, November 17. Members were invited to prepare and share a recipe from Angela McRae’s wonderful offering called The Vintage Christmas Cookbook, available at Corner Arts Gallery & Studio. First, I swooned at the old-fashioned decorations and then I swooned over the delicious goodies. Thank you to Beth Young, one of the Society’s two members-at-large, for allowing me to enjoy this event, which is the second time members have “cooked a book.” The inaugural feast featured Angela’s first cozy mystery Emerald’s and Envy, which has recently been joined by her new Rubies and Revenge.

Reading, Road Trips and Restaurants

If your visitors are on the way and you need, I mean really need a road trip to occupy them, consider a visit to Serenbe’s magical indie bookstore, Hills & Hamlets, 10625 Serenbe Lane B, Chattahoochee Hills, GA  30268. It is patterned after a European Bookstore and the books on their chock-full shelves are handpicked by the couple who own it. A meal at The Hill or The Farmhouse is a delicious postscript.

Book Club News

• Wednesday, December 15, 6 p.m.– Restaurant TBA – (check their Facebook page) Newnan Bookends will end the year by discussing A Day Like This by Kelley McNeil. Members will weigh in on the book’s premise, “What if everything you ever loved and believed to be true just disappeared?” Guess I need to add this book to my TBR (to be read) pile!


 I hope you take the time to rejoice in this Season. If this year has been a challenging one in your book of life, my wish is for you to begin a fresh chapter, brimming with hope.


About Nancy: A love of reading which began as a child continues. Nancy collects children’s books that have messages for readers of all ages. Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor and The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld are two of her favorite tales of faith and friendship. She looks forward to hearing about your literary news, writing workshops, Little Free Libraries and book clubs at [email protected].

1 comment

  1. Mike 4 December, 2021 at 08:00 Reply
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    Thank you, Nancy. You are the biggest fan of Hometown Novel Nights and all aspiring HNN Writers! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2022 – January 20 at the Newnan Carnegie. Have we got another awesome author line up for the audience that night! Mike

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