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Fall Arts Preview: Lectures and Literary Events 

click to enlarge Harrison Scott Key's latest memoir, "Congratulations, Who Are You Again?"
  • Harrison Scott Key's latest memoir, "Congratulations, Who Are You Again?"

SEPTEMBER

Georgia Historical Society presents An Evening with John Ferling— On Thursday, September 13, the Georgia Historical Society will present a special evening with John Ferling, historian and author of the new book, Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe and The Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe. The event will feature a discussion between Ferling and GHS senior historian Stan Deaton beginning at 6:00 p.m., preceded by a book sale and signing beginning at 5:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Thu., Sep. 13, 5-7:30 p.m. Christ Church Episcopal, 28 Bull Street.

Paprika Southern Fall Release Party— Celebrate the release of Paprika Southern’s Fall 2018 issue. Preview the issue and enjoy a braid bar from Wildflower Gypsy. Cohen’s Retreat will have happy hour bar specials, plus live music and complimentary food. Please bring art supplies, colored pencils, construction paper, safety scissors, pens, and erasers to donate to this this amazing cause. Free Thu., Sep. 13, 5:30 p.m. Cohen’s Retreat, 5715 Skidaway Rd.

Book Signing with Nicole Rivas— Join local author Nicole Rivas for a signing of her contest-winning chapbook of flash fiction, A Bright and Pleading Dagger. Sun., Sep. 16, 1 p.m. eshaverbooks.com/. E Shaver Booksellers, 326 Bull St.

Lecture: Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux: A Publishing Partnership— Presented in partnership with The Book Lady Bookstore, this lecture by Professor Emeritus Father Patrick Samway, S.J., will shed new light on an important area of Flannery O’Connor’s life — her relationship with her editors — that has not been well documented or narrated by critics and biographers. Free and open to the public Sun., Sep. 16, 3 p.m. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street.

Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Lecture: Lorraine O’Grady— Coinciding with her exhibition “From Me to Them to Me Again,” O’Grady will speak about the diptych as an enduring form and conceptual device in her practice. Thu., Sep. 20, 5 p.m. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865— Edited and annotated with meticulous care by Janet Croon, A Son of Georgia: The Civil War Journals of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865 captures the spirit and the character of a young privileged white teenager witnessing the demise of his world even as his own body is slowly failing him. Fri., Sep. 21, noon. thepirateshouse.com. The Pirate’s House, 20 East Broad St.

The Up of the Downbeat with Jazz Legend Teddy Adams— Musician and educator Teddy Adams will share his reflections of the jazz scene on West Broad Street in the 50’s that ignited his career playing around the world. Free Wed., Sep. 26, 6 p.m. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St.

The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865— Edited and annotated with meticulous care by Janet Croon, A Son of Georgia: The Civil War Journals of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865 captures the spirit and the character of a young privileged white teenager witnessing the demise of his world even as his own body is slowly failing him. Fri., Sep. 28, 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 7804 Abercorn St.

Meet and Greet with Jessica Leigh Lebos— Enjoy this happy hour meet & greet with Jessica Lebos as she promotes and signs copies of her new book, Savannah Sideways. Free and open to the public, cash bar Sat., Sep. 29, 5:30 p.m. Perry Lane Hotel, 256 E. Perry St.

OCTOBER

Poetry Reading w/ James Longenbach— A poet as well as an influential literary critic and professor of English at the University of Rochester, James Longenbach studied at Princeton University and focused on criticism of modernist poetry in his early career, namely that of Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats, and Wallace Stevens. Thu., Oct. 4, 6 p.m. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street.

Deep Center’s 10th Birthday Party— Deep Center celebrates ten years of youth speaking their truth, communities building power, fearless writing, and joy by honoring our courageous young authors, our families, and Deep’s work to nurture a loving, just, and equitable community. Food and refreshments will be served. Sun., Oct. 14, 4 p.m. Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Ursrey Memorial Lecture: Charles Frazier— Charles Frazier’s highly acclaimed first novel, “Cold Mountain,” is an international bestseller. A reception and book signing will immediately follow Frazier’s talk. Free and open to the public Sun., Oct. 14, 7 p.m. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Artist Talk w/ Will Penny— Join Will Penny for an informal artist talk regarding his exhibition, ‘en plein air.’ In this exhibition, Penny works with generative design in connection with painting, sculpture, and animation for this new body of work about the experience of perception itself. Thu., Oct. 18, 6 p.m. laneycontemporary.com. Laney Contemporary, 1810 Mills B. Lane Blvd.

Sweets, Treats and Reads Fall Festival— The Savannah Quill Sweets, Treats & Reads Fall Festival will be fun for the entire family with have special guest authors, book signings, panels, fall vendors with lots of unique shopping opportunities, and the Savannah Potterfest. Come dressed as your favorite characters, participate in a trivia and costume contest for prizes. $10, free for kids under 10 with paid adult admission Sat., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.Cottonwood Suites, 301 Governor Treutlen Dr.

Lecture: Poetry: Why Read It? Why Write It? Who Cares?— Poet Olivia Stiffler will use her personal journey of becoming a poet to discuss why people tend to shy away from the genre, but nevertheless search it out in times of grief. She will reflect on what she sees as a renaissance of the modern narrative poem and its power to renew and enlighten through story. Free and open to the public Sun., Oct. 21, 4 p.m. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street.

Afternoon Tea and Talk with Patti Callahan— Enjoy afternoon tea and sparkling wine with Patti Callahan as she discusses her newest book, Becoming Mrs. Lewis. $25 tea and talk, $25 tea, talk and book Fri., Oct. 26, 4 p.m.Perry Lane Hotel, 256 E. Perry St.

NOVEMBER

Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat- Fall Weekend— Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat announces the opening of applications for their three-day weekend retreat, The 2018 Halloween Writer’s Bash. Held November 2-4, 2018, the retreat will feature workshops and seminars led by our nationally recognized faculty, visiting agents and publishers, and evening readings (special emphasis on ghost stories) by faculty and participants, . WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION: $1295 tuition covers three days and two nights lodging, meals, manuscript consultations with nationally recognized authors, craft seminars, readings and ferried transportation to the island. $1295.00 Fri., Nov. 2, 9-10 a.m. 912-344-3123. write@ossabawwritersretreat.org. ossabawwritersretreat.org. Ossabaw Island, 1 Cane Patch Rd.

Harrison Scott Key Book Launch— “Congratulations, Who Are You Again? A Memoir” by Harrison Scott Key will inspire laughter and hope for anyone who’s ever been possessed by a dream of what they want to be when they grow up. $10 talk only, $20 talk and book Tue., Nov. 6, 6 p.m. Perry Lane Hotel, 256 E. Perry St.

Lecture: BURDEN: A True Story for Our Times— Courtney Hargrave is the author of Burden: A Preacher, A Klansman and a True Story of Redemption in the Modern South, published August 2018. Burden explores many of the same themes that resonate in Flannery O’Connor’s work, most notably, grace and redemption. Hargrave’s talk will expand on the events described in this meticulously researched work, as well as examine the story’s current relevance and importance. Free and open to the public Sun., Nov. 18, 4 p.m. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street.

DECEMBER

Lecture: Bertice Berry— Sociologist Bertice Berry, PhD., a best-selling author and award winning lecturer, has been named Comedian of the Year, Lecturer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. She has published 11 best-selling books and has won numerous awards and accolades for both her writing and presentations. Free and open to the public Sun., Dec. 9, 4 p.m. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street.

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