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


By NANCY CAROL SANKER, Special to The Paper

A huge Fourth of July celebration kicked off this month. Who would have guessed that “celebrate” could be defined in so many ways including to show appreciation, remembrance, honor, glorification and praise?  Opportunities for celebrations of all sizes punctuate our days – we just have to slow down to appreciate them.

My mom, Marian, was the Queen of all things celebratory. She famously glorified Groundhog Day with molded Jell-O desserts laced with crushed pineapple and topped with (gasp) a teaspoon of mayo. It was a special event, after all. Marian read The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady and promptly bought copies of this stunning book for her best friends to simply celebrate the fact that they had discovered each other.

Have you found a book that resonated with you and HAD to be shared with the perfect person? Is there an upcoming event that would be magnified if you invited a friend? The books and programs below will guide you toward celebrations throughout the month.

Coweta Public Library System (CPLS)

Please note the new summer hours:

Central, Powell, and Senoia Branches

Monday-Friday – 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Saturday – 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Grantville Branch*

Monday – Thursday- 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Limited Fridays – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. – June 18 & 25 and July 16 & 23

 *Closed Saturdays

Visit the Coweta Public Library System at

The 2021 Summer CPLS Reading Challenge is almost here. Tails and Tales will be available June 21 – July 30, but you can register now at It’s a hybrid format which allows you to enjoy programs in your home, at the library or both. It’s easy to register the entire family or one person online. The next steps include logging what you are reading and completing activities to earn badges. And then … read, read, read. Of course, this program has one of my favorite words – FREE!

The Newnan Carnegie Library (NCL)

1 Lagrange Street ( – 770-683-1347.

Register for events on Eventbrite.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon

Thanks to the Carnegie Foundation, with support from the Kiwanis, there’s more to celebrate:

Summer Storytelling for Kids ages 4-10.

 Enjoy a morning filled with music, dancing and crafts anchored by a classic children’s book.

• Saturday, July 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Get ready – the Carnegie is diving head first into the underwater world of “The Rainbow Fish.” This story by Marcus Pfister is about a unique fish with shimmering scales. Other fish admire him and request some of his scales because they want to share in his beauty. At first reluctant, Rainbow Fish eventually relents and finds he enjoys sharing.

• Thursday, July 29, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

*Please note the location – Greenville Street Park, 51 Greenville St. South

Venture into the snowy landscapes of Norway as you meet Elsa, Anna and Kristoff from “Frozen.” Princess Elsa of Arendelle possesses magical powers that allow her to control and create ice and snow, often using them to play with her younger sister, Anna. After Elsa accidentally injures Anna with her magic, their parents, the King and Queen, take both siblings to a colony of trolls led by Grand Pabbie. He heals Anna, but alters her memories so that she forgets about Elsa’s magic. Here’s cause for every fan of Frozen to celebrate – there will be special appearances by Elsa, Anna and Kristoff.

Hometown Novel Nights (HNN) Writers Group – Writers Help Writers on the Road to Publication

• Saturday, July 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom – Virtual Writer’s Workshop hosted in conjunction with the Carnegie – “Editing Clarity” led by Angela McRae and Angie Gallion Lovell. You’ve done it – you’ve written a book worth celebrating! Now how do you make it attractive to the right publisher or agent? Angela and Angie will share information and answer your questions.

• Monday, July 12th, 6:30 p.m.- Virtual HNN Writers Critique Group hosted by Angie Gallion – sign up @HNNWritersGroup on Facebook.

• Saturday, July 17th, 11 a.m. – In-person Writers’ Gathering hosted by T. M. Brown at Corner Arts Gallery & Studios, 30 S. Court Square, Newnan. While you’re at Corner Arts Gallery I hope you notice, enjoy and celebrate the fact that the HNN Author Book Nook is expanding. Books by local authors, C.L. Tolbert and David Allman have just been added to the shelves. Many thanks to owner Jenny Jones for creating the perfect spot for our local authors to share their creativity.

• Thursday, July 15th, 6  to 8:30 p.m. – Front Porch Musings II will take place in the Newnan Carnegie Library Auditorium. Join authors Alex McRae, Joe Butcher, Lee St. John (Joanna Archer) and author/moderator, Scott Ludwig, as they share their insights into writing their columns and their books. Corner Arts Gallery & Studios will be on site to handle book sales.

Road Trips

• Saturday, July 17th,  2 to 5 p.m.  – Lines Between the Wines sponsored by HNN & Warm Springs Cellars, 11 Roosevelt Walk, Shop #1 in beautiful Warm Springs. Relax and enjoy guest authors, Mike Nemeth (Villa Rica) and Katherine Nichols (Marietta) as they discuss their most recent novels.

• Saturday, July 31, 1 to 3 p.m.  Join T.M. “Mike” Brown as he discusses his third and final novel in the Shiloh Mystery Series, Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest, published by Southern Fried Karma LLC.  Celebrate the fact that this is an “in person” get-together at a brand-new location for the indie used bookstore, Pretty Good Books, 118 Church Street in LaGrange.

Book Club News

Wine & Words, one of the SummerGrove Book Clubs, began a new method of encouraging discussions. Members select generic questions, read them aloud and we “pile on” with answers. So far it is fun and effective! Eve Long has selected the perfect seasonal book, The Summer House by Laura K. Denton for July.

More SummerGrove book news- Read Between the Wines, led by Arielle Doheny, has chosen The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave for their next meeting.  A great book is always worth celebrating … especially with friends.

What will you celebrate this month?


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 Bookmark to success! 

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