The Bookmark: June Literary Happenings in Coweta


By Nancy Sanker, Special to The Paper

You made it through the last four months! You deserve a reward, along with every book and literary connected venue. But first, the most glowing awards should be presented to our health care professionals. The thousands of individuals, companies and small businesses who have kept our lives clicking along at a struggling-to-be-normal pace also deserve accolades. We are beyond grateful.

On the flip side, the Coweta County literary world added an unwelcome chapter to its book. My calendar was jam-packed with author visits and special events including the Southern Lit Fest. All of them are canceled or postponed. Sniff-sniff.  It also greatly pains me to report that our indie bookstore, Southern Fried Books, has shuttered its doors.

On a brighter note, let’s turn a page and look at some upbeat news:

  • The Newnan Carnegie Library – 1 Lagrange Street ( – 770-683-1347 YAY! The Carnegie is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. There is a maximum of ten people allowed in the building at any time, including staff. Face masks/coverings must be worn, social distancing must be observed and restrooms are closed.  But here’s the great news -books are available to check out! And there’s more. A bevy of exceptional virtual programs are available on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube including the Carnegie Chats Virtual Book Club, Crafts with Elizabeth, Teri and Brittany, Virtual Art, Garden, Cooking and Photography Shows and Carnegie Cooks.

The children’s online programs have been announced. Registration will be required for the programs that are marked with an asterisk on Eventbrite. You will receive a password/link after registration is complete. For details on program dates and times, visit the Carnegie website.

  • The Corner Arts Gallery and Studio, 30 S. Court Square ( – 678-633-5705 –  Now there’s a Book Nook for local authors. The Gallery is proud to host the book launch of T.M. “Mike” Brown’s third and final addition to the Shiloh Mystery series, Purgatory, A Progeny’s Quest on Saturday, June 6 from noon to 4 p.m. Liddy’s famous desserts from the series will be served, along with iced tea. You will have an opportunity to meet Mike outside the gallery.

A question Mike has been asked is, “Can Purgatory be read as a stand-alone book?” The answer is, “Yes!” Your next request might be to ask for a thumbnail sketch of the book. Here is a brief summary:

When Theo and Liddy Phillips retired to the small Georgia town of Shiloh, they expected a quieter, more relaxed life. Theo becomes the investigative reporter for the local Sentinel and discovers that small towns can be just as dangerous as big cities for people devoted to seeking the truth. Having narrowly escaped a brush with death in Purgatory, Theo tackles what he hopes will be an easier investigation: helping the orphaned Pepper come to grips with her scandalous mother’s past. Theo finds himself in the middle of unexpected danger, building to an explosive conclusion days before the town’s Independence Day celebrations.

 Intrigued?  You just might find yourself picking up the preceding books, Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories and Testament, An Unexpected Return to round out your Shiloh experience.

  • Coweta Public Library System (CPLS)– Our libraries are working hard to serve the community in new ways. Over 5,000 physical items have been carried to customers since curbside service began on May 4. Reserve your books online or call your local branch to have your choices delivered to your car Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Branch phone numbers: Central Branch – 770-683-2052

                                             Grantville Branch – 770-683-0535

                                             Powell Branch – 770-253-6235

                                             Senoia Branch – 770-599-3537

Do you need a library card? No problem! Visit

The Coweta Public Library Summer Reading Challenge is a staple and this year it is virtually a click away. Imagine Your Story, powered by Beanstack is a website (and app) that allows libraries to customize registration, create reading challenges, and measure reading accomplishments. Sign up for Beanstack by going to and clicking on Summer Reading Challenge 2020.

Registration is simple- families can use one username/password and add readers of all ages. Challenges will be selected for each reader based on their ages. Readers log their minutes and books read to earn prize badges and grand prize entries.

CPLS will also offer online programs for all age ranges including story time, STEM programs, and featured performers including Magician Arthur Atsma, illustrator of the Library Dragon, Michael P. White, and Storyteller/Juggler Todd Key and more.

  • Two additional programs of special note include: Phoebe, the certified Therapy Dog and Reading Education Assistance Dog is ready to listen via Zoom and
  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten provides a fun and easy way to help your child develop pre-reading skills vital to kindergarten readiness. For additional information on library programs, visit or call your local CPLS branch.
  • Cottages Book Club aka Wine & Words – Our book club christened a Little Free Library in SummerGrove last year. To celebrate our birthday, we asked for donations to Backpack Buddies. Imagine our surprise when the generous people of SummerGrove completely filled the BPB super-sized van! Our book club is now designated as a Little Free Library Action Book Club because we know that Good Reads and Good Deeds make perfect partners. Our June “Good Read,” chosen by Linda Owenby is National Book Award Finalist News of the World by Paulette Jiles. The movie, starring and produced by Tom Hanks, will be released Christmas Day.

Jonas Salk, an American physician who developed the first safe and effective polio vaccine said, “The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.” Many thanks to all of the Coweta County “literary lions” who continue to do more in this unprecedented time to create new opportunities to learn and read.

The Little Free Library at Backstreet Community Arts, 19-B 1st Avenue (right behind Bridging the Gap)


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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