Thomasville, GA– Now in its fourth year, the One Book Thomas County program is based on similar programs all over the country. Each year, Thomasville, Georgia, and its surrounding counties – including two cities outside the Thomas County limits: Valdosta, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida – dedicate a week-long celebration to literacy and to one book in particular. Together, residents of the community read the selected book and discuss its themes in book groups and educational settings, both casual and formal.
Organizations from all over the community partner together to host a variety of themed activities and events dedicated to literacy and to One Book.
Georgia author Janisse Ray will be speaking at Southern Regional Technical College in Thomasville, Ga. On Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
Her memoir, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, is the 2016 selection for One Book Thomas County. Her featured talk will be the capstone of One Book, finishing out a week-long series of events.
Her book highlights the experience of growing up in the rural south, exploring ideas of place and ecology. Ray is a native of the coastal plains of southern Georgia and her work has become a classic. The NY Times praised her, noting “Ray’s passion for preserving and restoring this unsung landscape is heartfelt and refreshing.”
Through a week of events beginning on Sept. 15, One Book hopes to bring the community together in reading her book and promoting literacy throughout Thomas County. This year’s theme, “Embrace your beginnings. Fight for the place you love,” is based on the ideas presented in Ecology of a Cracker Childhood.
Ray’s lecture and Q&A will be taking place at Southern Regional Technical College at 15689 U.S. 19 North, Thomasville, GA 31792 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.onebookthomascounty.org/tickets or in person at The Bookshelf and the Thomas County Public Library, which sponsors the One Book program.
One Book Events
1. Arts Exhibit and Contest Children from the local schools and homeschool groups participated in an art contest. Prizes will be awarded for art winners in each age division and displayed at the Thomas County Public Library. Winners will be announced Monday, September 19 at 4:00pm in the Flipper Room at the library.
2. One Word at Grassroots Thursday, Sept 15 6:00-8:00
Participants will present music and poetry related to nature.
3. Documentary film at Thomas County Public Library Friday, Sept. 16: 12:00pm-1:30
The Documentary, Longleaf: The Heart of Pine, will be shown with Paul Massey, consulting forester for the film, presiding over the discussion.
4. Writing workshop at the Thomasville Municipal Building: Saturday, Sept. 17: 10:00-12:00
Author Penny Young from the Tallahassee Writers’ Guild will lead this workshop about memoir writing.
5. Wagon and House Tour at Tall Timbers: Sunday, Sept. 18: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Brian Wiebler will lead the wagon tour as we enjoy the beauty of Tall Timbers featured in our One Book. Tours of the house and sharecropper cabin will also be available.
6. A Preserving and Canning demonstration at Thomas County Extension Office Monday, Sept. 19: 7:00pm
Colquitt County FACS Agent Kathryn Holland will give a lecture and live demonstration.
7. Panel Discussion at Thomas University Tuesday, Sept. 20: 6:00-8:00
Andre Marria will lead a panel discussion to develop a tie in with nature and mental health.
8. Lunch & Learn book discussion at Studio 209: Wednesday, Sept. 21 noon
Readers will have the opportunity to discuss their thoughts about Ecology of a Cracker Childhood with Annie Jones.
9. Janisse Ray author presentation at Southern Regional Technical College. Thursday, Sept. 22:7:00-9:00pm