Category: Upcoming Events

Meet Author Quentin Falk

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By , August 25, 2014 9:10 am

QSF3 300British film critic, Quentin Falk, will be coming stateside to promote his book, Travels in Greeneland. There will be two chances for you to meet him and get your book signed!

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm at the Decatur Book Festival, UGA Press Booth, in Decatur, GA.

Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Starbucks lounge in Dahlonega, GA.

Quentin Falk, British author, critic, broadcaster and film journalist, has written acclaimed biographies of Anthony Hopkins, Alfred Hitchcock, Albert Finney, Lord Lew Grade and the Rank Organisation following his first book, Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene in 1984, which was short-listed for the Mobil/British Film Institute Book of the Year Award. A former editor of the European trade paper, Screen International, and Academy, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts’ (BAFTA) magazine, he has also been a movie reviewer for the Daily MailDaily TelegraphSunday Mirror, and Catholic Herald. In 2013, he was the First Visiting Author at the University of North Georgia.

Travels in Greeneland Cover.fwGraham Greene is one of the twentieth century’s literary giants, and his work has been translated to the cinema more than any other major contemporary novelist. Author and film critic, Quentin Falk examines all aspects of Greene’s involvement in the world of film, including his stint as a movie critic in the 1930s in his book, Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene. Contrasts are made between the work that Greene himself adapted for the screen such as The Third Man and Our Man in Havana, and the work that has been adapted by others, like The Heart of the Matter and The Honorary Consul. This gorgeous new edition contains a new chapter which includes two of the newest Graham Greene movie adaptations: 2002’s The Quiet American and 2010’s Brighton Rock.

Copies of Travels in Greeneland will be available at both signing locations for purchase.

Affordable Learning Georgia to Provide Grants to USG Schools

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By , August 12, 2014 3:12 pm

Textbook Transformation Grants


Thirty grant awards to be made to support adoption and use of no-cost or low-cost learning materials in USG courses in Spring Semester 2015 in amounts of $10,800 each.

Apply by September 8, 2014.

Announcing the ALG Textbook Transformation Grants Request for Proposals,  for USG faculty who would like to replace their existing textbook or course pack with a no-or-low-cost-to-students alternative.  The deadline for application is September 8, 2014.  
The full details can be found at ALG Calls for Proposals.

This initial call covers thirty grant awards to be made to support adoption and use of no- or low-cost learning materials in USG courses in Spring semester 2015 in amounts of $10,800 each, in three categories: No-Cost-to-Students Learning Materials, OpenStax Textbooks, and Course Pack Pilots.

All USG institutions, libraries, and faculty are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. A maximum of three per campus will be awarded in this round.


Please plan to attend one of the two upcoming information webinars, in which the application materials and process will be reviewed and any questions will be answered.


August 14, 2014 Meeting Information
Topic: ALG Textbook Transformation Grants
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 647 381 815
Meeting Password: textbook
August 15, 2014 Meeting Information
Topic: ALG Textbook Transformation Grants
Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 648 538 757
Meeting Password: textbook
To start or join the online meeting go to:

Please click here for official press release from the University Press of North Georgia

Giveaway Winners

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By , June 18, 2014 8:48 am

goodreads_logoCongratulations to Patti Mills of Georgia, Kyle Truelove of Georgia, and Carrie Burleson of North Carolina. They are the winners of our Goodreads giveaway for “I have been so many people”: A Study of Lee Smith’s Novels by Tanya Long Bennett.

Didn’t win? You can still purchase your copy of for “I have been so many people”: A Study of Lee Smith’s Novels from, Barnes & Noble, or you can come to our launch party on July 1, 7-9pm at the Vickery House on the University of North Georgia campus in Dahlonega, Ga. There you can meet the author and have your book signed. This event is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be provided.

Stonepile Launch Post-poned

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By , January 30, 2014 12:43 pm

The Launch party for the Stonepile Anthology has been canceled tonight due to inclement weather and will be postponed to a date in the near future. We will let everyone know the rescheduled date as soon as everything is arranged. Stay safe and warm, everyone!

Fact or Fiction: How “true” are the things we know? What about the things we read?

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By , January 27, 2014 1:34 pm

How much of what we’re told is true reality (not as redundant as it sounds)? Where is the line between speculation and evidence? In writing and living, where is the line between fiction and nonfiction? In light of Miley’s ongoing shenanigans, Justin Beiber’s arrest, and other events making tweens everywhere swoon for obviously altered images, I’ve gathered a few novels that will make you think about what separates reality from fiction and how writers toe that line to create riveting characters and story lines. They’re as good as the tabloids with a little more substance.

1. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer (biography)















You may be familiar with the story of Christopher McCandless (if you’re not you can go read the bio in the link above) and his complete rejection of the material world. The kicker with this story is that we can only know what Krakauer, the author, could uncover about the young man’s four month journey and, more interestingly, what made him do it. Fact or fiction, this book makes you think. And, for that, it’s one book worth reading and re-reading.


2. Lies we Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley (historical fiction)

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This book has yet to be published, so by definition it’s still fictitious, but the story is perfectly suited for this post and it’s on my “To Read” list. Set in the late 1950s amidst segregation, two girls of different races discover they’re more alike than they originally thought. History and tradition are important, but it takes education and courage to stand up to those precedents when they’ve become outdated. Once again, it makes the reader think about their circumstances, and realize that what is “reality” may not be “true.”


3.Ghost on Black Mountain, Ann Hite (regional fiction)















Ann Hite is a regionalist writer of Appalachia, if you believe in regionalism. Her novels and short stories (one, “Wiggle Room,” is featured in our publication Stonepile Writers Anthology Vol. 3) are all centered in mountain communities and draw on the culture, tradition, folk-lore, and even dialects of a region whose influence on the people is as strong as the people’s influence on the land. This novel may be hard to relate to if you’re not from the south, but, whether or not your roots took hold in red clay, the fantastic beauty in Hite’s language is the real deal, which is enough to make you believe in ghosts.


I could go on for days, but other honorable mentions who weave fantasy with reality include:

Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs (memoir/humor)











Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel (fantastic realism)


Beloved, Toni Morrison (post-modernist fiction)











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