Library brings 'Shoutin' author to Forsyth County

Forsyth Reads Together concludes with visit from bestselling author Rick Bragg

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County readers who participated in a countywide initiative will get to hear from the author on Sept. 17.

Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling non-fiction author Rick Bragg will discuss his work at the Lanier Tech Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming.

Bragg’s discussion of his book is a part of the countywide program, Forsyth Reads Together, in which a book is chosen to be read with the goal of starting a conversation on literature in the community.

“We’re aiming to get everyone in Forsyth County reading and talking about, in this case ‘All Over but the Shoutin’,” said Laura Bradley, program manager at the Forsyth County Public Library. “It’s very compelling. I highly recommend it.”

Bragg’s first and most famous book, “All Over but the Shoutin’,’” is an autobiographical account of his times growing up in rural Alabama and the start of his career in journalism.

Bragg wrote for the New York Times, where he was awarded his Pulitzer, and has authored four other non-fiction books in his career.

He now works as a writing professor at the University of Alabama.

Bragg will discuss this book and his others, as well as talk about his journalism career.

After the author’s discussion, there will be a book signing with books on sale by Barnes and Noble.

Past books in the Forsyth Reads Together program have ranged from “Little Women” and the works of Edgar Allen Poe to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” among others.

Bradley said over 300 people have registered for the event so far.

The discussion is the culmination of events that have happened throughout September, which included a showing of a documentary on Bragg as well as group discussions at Forsyth County libraries about the book.

For information and to register, visit www.forsythpl.org.