The Bookmark: November Literary Events in-and-around Coweta


By NANCY CAROL SANKER, Special to The Paper

Most people are talking turkey at this time of the year. Not me. I’m thinking about octopuses. They have three hearts and eight arms. Couldn’t everyone use a spare heart or two to handle the overflow of goodwill, compassion, gratitude and sometimes even grief at this time of the year? All those arms would make cookie-making, gift wrapping and warm hugging easier.

Why all the octopus talk? I recently raced through The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery and discovered in addition to the extra body parts, these amazing creatures can change color, size, texture, and personality – they are veritable Houdini’s of the deep. This month I hope you can be just as flexible as you watch the magic of the season reappear.

Meantime, read on – you might find something your one-and-only heart needs in the literary events and books listed below. 

Coweta Public Library System (CPLS)

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.
*Closed Saturdays

Free Wi-Fi in all library parking lots – 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Password: Bookworm. Visit the Coweta Public Library System at

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• Wednesday, November 17, 3 p.m. at Central Library – The Pageturners Book Club will discuss One by One by Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10. Set on a mountain in the French Alps, you’ll want to snuggle up (and buckle up) for this suspenseful thriller about a corporate retreat like no other.

• Thursday, November 18, 11 a.m. at Central Library – Beautify your home with Winter Wall Décor, taught by gifted paper artist, Rea Duncan.

The Newnan Carnegie Library (NCL)

1 Lagrange Street ( – 770-683-1347.

Register for events on Eventbrite. Space is limited.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon … * Please note – the Carnegie will be closed November 25-November 28 and will reopen the following Monday.

• Did you know there’s a special area in the Carnegie just for teens? Check it out!

• Wednesday, November 10 – Book Club with Lola – Register for a 15-minute session to have your elementary or middle school child listen to the ever-patient Lola, the therapy dog.

• Tuesday, November 16, 6 p.m. – The Other Night School, “Below the Surface of Subterraneous.” Don’t forget to reserve your spot.

• Thursday, November 18,  6:30 p.m.  – Hometown Novel Nights (HNN) – Southern Living Stories. Join moderator Scott Ludwig and meet authors Jedwin Smith, Angela Durden, Janet Hogan Smith and Angela McRae to hear them discuss their work, why and how they do what they do, where inspiration comes from and more. This promises to be a fun evening! Books may be offered by the Corner Arts Gallery for your early gift-shopping. Remember to register with Eventbrite.

• Monday, November 22, 10 a.m. – The Carnegie Literary Circle will discuss Anxious People by Frederik Bachman. Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or death situation, but that’s what an apartment open house becomes when a bank robber takes a wild assortment of strangers hostage.

Write On

• Monday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. – HNN Writer’s Critique Gathering (Virtual) -Sign up to get Zoom link at @HNNWritersGroup on Facebook.

• Saturday, November 20, 11 a.m., Corner Arts Gallery, 30 S. Court Square – HNN Writer’s Helping Writers will be discussing BETA Readers of WIP Manuscripts. Email [email protected] with your questions.

Angela McRae is pleased to announce that the print version of the second in her Junkin’ Jewelry Mystery Series, Rubies and Revenge is now available on Amazon. Settle back with a cup of tea and follow the investigations of jewelry designer Emma Madison. Signed copies will be at Corner Arts on the Newnan Square soon – sounds like a perfect cozy mystery Christmas gift! Meantime you can find it at Your reviews are welcome!

Reading, Road Trips and Restaurants

• Saturday, November 6, 1 p.m. – Lee St. John, rogue Southern Belle author of Teacher Tattletales and Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess will be at the fabulous vintage Pretty Good Books, 118 Church Street in LaGrange. Plan on having lunch at the Taste of Lemon and visiting with Lee afterwards!

• Wednesday, November 17, 7 p.m. – Angela McRae will speak to the Senoia Area Historical Society. At this “Cook the Book” member event they’ll be sampling foods from Angela’s The Vintage Christmas Cookbook – yet another Christmas gift idea.

• Friday, December 3, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Warm Springs Cellars will host a HNN Author Event which coincides with the Warm Springs Candlelight Weekends, November 19-December 18. Plan to join several authors who will be on hand to help kick off December celebrations.

Book Club News

• Wednesday, November 10, 6 p.m. – Newnan Bookends, founded by Jaime Vitiritti, will meet at Lepoma’s Pizzaria in Sharpsburg to discuss their selection, My Sweet Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. Additional information is available on the groups’ page on Facebook.

Who Knew? The CVS on Jackson Street (at the corner of Hwy. 34 Bypass) has a “Local Books Rack.”  You’ll find a book by Jeff Bishop, a book on Coweta County history (perfect for a guest room) and more. Thanks to CVS for supporting our talented local authors!


This holiday season I am wishing for you to have the eight arms and three hearts of an octopus!


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].

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