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Art and books mingle at Piedmont College
Local writers set to meet, greet public Nov. 2
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Book signing party

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, 551 Georgia St., Demorest

Cost: Free

Book and art lovers can get together on Nov. 2 as the Piedmont College Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Demorest holds a signing party for five local authors at the adjacent Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art.

The free event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum at 551 Georgia St. features authors Emory Jones, John Kollock, Heidi Peaster, Denise Weimer and Barbara Woodall. In addition to meeting the local writers, visitors can view the museum’s permanent collection and two traveling exhibits of works by Alabama artist Sloane Bibb and a collection by six noted realist painters.

Emory Jones of White County is the author of “Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound.” The book and a documentary by the same name recounts the prehistoric and modern history of the Nacoochee mound and its influence on generations of artists, poets, and residents of the valley.

John Kollock of Clarkesville has illustrated more than 35 books, and his collections of watercolor paintings reflect the history of northeast Georgia. Kollock’s books include “These Gentle Hills,” The Long Afternoon,” “Memories of the Hills,” and “Painting Memories,” as well as two children’s books, “Meg’s World” and “The Empty Nest.”

Heidi Peaster is a North Georgia writer whose seven books chronicle the fictional McKenna family of Dooley. Her newest, “Insider,” is set in the 1920s as the residents of Dooley come to grips with the presence of a murderer in their small town.

Denise Weimer is author of The Georgia Gold Series, which began with “Sautee Shadows” and continues with “The Gray Divide.” Set in Habersham County in the 1850s, Weimer’s newest book follows the life of half-Cherokee Mahala Franklin, who struggles with class prejudice and her own heart as she searches for clues about her father’s death.

Barbara Woodall is a seventh-generation Appalachian and lives on her family home place in Rabun County. Her book, “It’s Not My Mountain Anymore,” touches on all aspects of her life with humor and is a warning about how the Appalachian life she experienced and loved as a child is fast disappearing.

For more information about the book signing, contact Claudia Barton at the Piedmont Bookstore at 706-776-0013 or email

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