The Bookmark: October literary happenings in-and-around Coweta


By NANCY CAROL SANKER, Special to The Paper

The calendar has flipped past the first day of Fall, but my brain is singing Jingle Bells. My friends are laughing as they know I love the holiday, but this time the blame … or credit belongs to a book,“Christmas Jars” by Jason F. Wright. It is a short tale about a young couple who tucks coins and bills in a jar throughout the year. Then they surprise someone with the joy-filled jar.  The story is multi-layered and memorable – the perfect family and book club read. 

At a time when our community is still reeling from tornado damage, there are countless people who would find the money and accompanying goodwill an unexpected boost. I hope your family joins ours as we create a simple reminder of our blessings and emphasize the importance of sharing them. Read on for community news of the literary riches that are ours for the taking.

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

• Wednesday, October 27, 3 p.m. at the Central Library Pageturners Book Club will discuss The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia who has served up a satisfying read about sisters and fried chicken, topped off with a side-dish of Food Wars Reality TV. 

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

New books at the Carnegie recommended by Director Susan Crutchfield include Beautiful World Where are You by Sally Rooney and Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See. Call or email the Carnegie to have books put on hold if you have an easy-to-get free library card.

• Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m. – Virtual event hosted by the Newnan Carnegie, “Overcoming the Fear of Pitches and Queries” with special guest Susan Crawford, author of The Other Widow. Susan will discuss the keys that unlock the doors of publishers and agents. 

• Wednesday, October 13, 2:45 p.m.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.

Thursday, October 21, 6:30-8 p.m.Hometown Novel Nights (HNN) and Sisters in Crime ATL, in association with the Carnegie, present a virtual event “Crime Stories,” a conversation with three crime novel writers including Debra H. Goldstein, Rana Ridenaur and Linda Sams

• Monday, October 25, 10-11 a.m. – (Note change in start time.) The Literary Circle will discuss The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni.

Write On

•  Saturday, October 23, 2-7 p.m. – Corner Arts Gallery, 30 S. Court Sq., Newnan,  678.633.5705– Local Author Signing or in my world, a wonderful early Christmas shopping opportunity! The ever-expanding Book Nook in Corner Arts will feature Angela McRae, who will be promoting her latest cozy mystery, Rubies and Revenge. Who killed the leader of the Happy Hometown program? Jewelry designer Emma Madison gets drawn into the investigation and you will too!

Other guests including T.M. (Mike) Brown, author of the popular Shiloh series and perhaps Alex McRae will be on hand to personalize your gifts for special readers in your lives.

• Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. – Writer’s Workshop, sponsored by HNN Writers @ Corner Arts Gallery – Join local authors to discuss and share how to accomplish your publishing dreams. Email [email protected] with our questions.

Road Trips and Reading

• October 16, 2:30 – 4 p.m. – Fayette Co. Public Library – “Speak What We Feel …” 1821 Heritage Parkway, Fayetteville, GA, 30214. Writing workshop for ages 16 to adult. No registration required. Mark Wallace Maguire will share the skills needed to tell the truth in written works. As a bonus you will have the opportunity to work on and share a poem, short story or essay.

• Saturday, October 30, 5 – 9 p.m. Warm Springs Cellar, 11 Roosevelt Walk – Hometown Novel Nights will participate in Spooktacular Tales. What’s better than wine, beer and ghost stories? Don’t forget to wear black!

Book Club News

Newnan Bookends was founded by Jamie Vitiritti over a year ago. Freelance writer Robin Stewart reports that the group meets monthly at a local restaurant, which is selected by a member who also offers three potential books to discuss in the future. The group then votes on their next read. Sounds like the perfect way to make a frequently difficult decision. More info on FB.

• Tuesday, October 12, 3 p.m. EDT – Barnes & Noble Book Club will feature Matrix author Lauren Goff via Zoom. Register online for a discussion of faith, creativity and power; set in 12th century France.


Remember to start your Christmas Jar. Ultimately, it’s a gift for someone else, in the interim it’s a gift for you.


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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