Anne Pancake – Reading from her works, April 21 @7PM

author of “Creative Responses to Worlds Unraveling: The Artist in the 21st Century” (Fall 2013), and the novel, “Strange As This Weather Has Been (2007)


Ann Pancake—fiction writer, essayist, and environmental activist—will read from her work on Monday, April 21, at 7 PM, followed by a talk and short reception. Although Pancake currently lives in Seattle, Washington the West Virginia native’s writing, political efforts, and heart remain firmly focused in her home state, where the coal mining industry—in particular the highly controversial process of mountaintop removal—has both supported and devastated the populace in many areas.

Her first book was Given Ground (2000), a collection of short stories published as the winner of the Bakeless Prize. Pancake’s novel Strange As This Weather Has Been (2007) won the Weatherford Award, was a finalist for the Orion Book Award, and was named one of the top ten fiction books of that year by Kirkus Reviews. Wendell Berry termed this work “one of the bravest novels I’ve ever read.”

Pancake’s recent Georgia Review essay, “Creative Responses to Worlds Unraveling: The Artist in the 21st Century” (Fall 2013), worries the hows and whys of what a writer might do in the face of the huge complexities of environmental degradation: “I believe literature’s most pressing political task of all in these times is envisioning alternative future realities . . . a way forward which is not based in idealism or fantasy, which does not offer dystopia or utopia, but still turns current paradigms on their heads.”

Internationally Acclaimed Georgia Writer Terry Kay

Internationally Acclaimed Georgia Writer Terry Kay 

at The Bowers House

In April the Bowers House Literary Center in Canon, Georgia, and the University of Georgia’s award-winning journal The Georgia Review welcomed writer Terry Kay at the Bowers House.

terry-kay1Terry Kay, a Hart County native who currently makes his home in Athens, is the author of some fifteen books—among them eleven novels, a collection of essays, a children’s book, and a recently released volume of short stories, The Greats of Cuttercane.

Three of Kay’s novels have been produced as Hallmark Hall of Fame movies: The RunawayThe Valley of Light, and his best-known work To Dance with the White Dog—the last of these starring the famous acting couple of Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy.

Readers around the world can find Kay’s books translated into more than twenty languages; most notably, To Dance with the White Dog has sold some two million copies in Japan.

After Kay’s reading in the house’s spacious living room/parlor, Georgia Review editor Stephen Corey moderated a conversation between Kay and the audience. A reception followed, during which attendees enjoyed refreshments while walking the grounds or sitting on the first- and second-floor wraparound porches.

The Georgia Review, published quarterly at the University of Georgia since 1947, features short stories, poems, general-interest essays, reviews, and visual art by the famous and the newly discovered. Winner of National Magazine Awards in both the fiction and the essay category, and a recipient of the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Arts, the Review has a long tradition of sponsoring and cosponsoring reading events in the Athens area. For more information, go or call 706-542-3481.