Rick Bragg for Forsyth Reads Together

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Public Library announced its 2013 selection for Forsyth Reads Together – “All Over but the Shoutin’” by Rick Bragg.

Forsyth Reads Together is a community-wide reading program with past title selections including “Little Women,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

“It’s a program that aims to get everyone in the county reading the same book and talking about the same book,” said program manager Laura Bradley. “This year, we thought that it would be a good follow-up from last year’s ‘To Dance with the White Dog’ by Terry Kay, because it is also Southern fiction.”

Rick Bragg has won worldwide literary acclaim for his unique Southern voice. “All Over but the Shoutin’” is Bragg’s memoir of growing up in rural Alabama and the struggles of his single mother to raise three children on her own.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called it “a grand memoir – Bragg tells about the South with such power and bone-naked love – he will make you cry.”

In addition to writing a number of bestselling nonfiction books, Bragg also worked at several newspapers. In 1996, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his work at the New York Times.

A variety of programs will be offered in the coming months to celebrate the book, and the main event will feature Bragg on Sept. 17 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

“We are very excited about this book and he is a very engaging, entertaining speaker, so we are looking forward to his visit in September,” Bradley said.

Additional details about this special event will follow.