Janna Zonder

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Janna Zonder grew up on a farm in Georgia, a lush and beautiful state where danger and bitter contradictions lurk just beneath the surface. Georgia's red clay soil holds fast her memories, her heart, and the bones of her ancestors. That same soil has nurtured the seeds of great music, literature, humor, and kindness, which flourished alongside the seeds of racial hatred, religious discrimination, homophobia, and misogyny. All took root in the soil long before she was born and became the landscape of her early life.

She has plowed behind a mule and helped butcher a hog. (Not that she's bragging.) She sings as part of a duo with her husband, Stu Zonder, and will crank up the electric bass from time to time just to hear someone say, "A woman pl

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Janna Zonder Hi David. I don't know of any writing workshops near you, but you might contact the DeKalb County Library system, Charis Bookstore, Emory University a…moreHi David. I don't know of any writing workshops near you, but you might contact the DeKalb County Library system, Charis Bookstore, Emory University and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Also, you might want to join the Atlanta Writers Club. They are hosting a weekend workshop in May somewhere near the airport. They will have agents and publishers there. It's a good immersion weekend with all kinds of classes. Here's a link to their website: https://atlantawritersclub.org/(less)
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Pat Conroy Broke My Heart -- In the best possible way

I had not read Pat Conroy's novel, The Great Santini, when I walked into a movie theatre in 1982. I knew only that the film based on that book starred my favorite actor, Robert Duvall, in the title role, and the reviews from friends had been glowing.

Two hours later, long after the credits had rolled and the ushers were cleaning the room, I sat sobbing, unable to control the flood of grief I felt.

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This book kept me turning the pages until the very end. Excellent writing about a traumatic place and time. Great characters!
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