Saturday, January 26, 2013

10th Murder Goes South Festival Held Today

The 10th Murder Goes South... a Festival of Readers and Writers of the Southern Mystery, was held today. FOSL thanks the writers, moderators, volunteers and attendees who made it a success.


TONY BURTON, writer, educator and publisher. His novels include Blinded by Darkness and A Wicked Good Play. He edited Seven by Seven and Crime and Suspense Anthology: 2005-2006.

LEE KELLY’s work in the medical and pharmaceutical industries was put to good use in her novel Vengeance in Blood.

BRANDON MASSEY, published his original novel Thunderland in 2002. He has since published a number of thrillers including The Other Brother, Twisted Tales, Dark Dreams and Covenant.

JOESEPH MORGAN, author of Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator, was Senior Investigator, Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, Atlanta, GA for 14 years. He investigated 200 - 300 deaths per year.

MIRANDA PARKER, writes fun, feisty, redemptive stories about “bad girl” gone good. Her iconic character Kensington Dafina is featured in her comic romance suspense novels.

CHERYL RITZEL, works include Runner’s High and Beginner’s Luck. She is a teacher who is also pursuing a Private Investigator Certificate.

FRAN STEWART, a free-lance editor, has written many novels which include Violet as an Amethyst and A Slaying Song Tonight. Her mystery series, Biscuit McKee, is set in a small town in Georgia.

LESLIE TENTLER’s Midnight Caller is a finalist in the 2012 International Thriller Awards for Best First Novel. It is the first book in her Chasing Evil Trilogy.

JO ANN COOK is a Smyrna resident who has written short stories, poetry, children’s books and novels which includes her southern mystery, entitled Murder, Magnolias and Mansions.

KAREN KIRKPATRICK KENNEDY has been an active member of Sisters in Crime for many years. She has served as president, vice president, treasurer and more for the Atlanta Chapter. She has written several mysteries, has an agent she loves and respects, and looks forward to the day one of her books sells.

VR BARTKOWSKI is a native Californian now living in Atlanta. Winner of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold for Mystery, and a finalist for both the 2012 Claymore and Daphne Du Maurier Awards, VR’s short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E, Spinetingler, and Vine Leaves Literary Journal. At present she is researching her third novel while pondering a fourth. VR is a member of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters-in-Crime.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mary W. Moore Hired as Smyrna Public Library Director

The Smyrna City Council voted 7-0 last night to hire Mary W. Moore as Library Director.  She is replacing Library Director Michael Seigler who retired on December 28 after 18 years of service in that role.

Mary was the sole finalist for the position after a 6-month candidate search and extensive interviews. In joining the Smyrna Public Library she leaves her role as an award-winning adult services and reference library manager for the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library system in Huntsville, Alabama.

Please join the Friends of Smyrna Library in welcoming Mary to Smyrna!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Art Evokes Emotion by Kevin Rucker Opens In Art Gallery

"Ever since I can remember, I have always loved to draw. In one of my earliest memories as a child, I drew a 'friend' on the garage wall with green chalk. At a very early age, my mother encouraged me to create. In the summers of my youth, she would provide me with reams of notebook paper to draw on. My life has been devoted to art."

Kevin Rucker’s remarkable, imaginative illustrations have gained this award-winning Atlanta artist an enthusiastic following. By combining detailed 2-D and 3-D images with abstract concepts, Kevin creates illustrations that appeal to traditionalists and modernists alike. As Kevin says, "Art evokes emotion. When I am creating, I am at my best."

Originally from New York, Kevin began his formal art education with a degree in Commercial Design and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree (with a minor in Visual Arts) from the State University of New York at New Paltz. After moving to Atlanta in 1997, Kevin earned a degree in Computer Animation from the Art Institute of Atlanta, achieving many honors as a student. He was then invited to join the faculty as a 2-D and 3-D animation instructor.

Kevin went on to a distinguished career as a Graphic Artist, Illustrator, and Creative Director. The quality and creativity of his work has attracted numerous public and private commissions, with past clients including Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, and Visa.

As an artist, Kevin has won numerous excellence awards and produced illustrations that have had global influence. Working as a commercial designer for over 20 years has now afforded him the opportunity to pursue his creative passions full-time. Kevin reflects:

"...I have considered myself extremely lucky to have had such talented and patient art teachers and invaluable opportunities to make a living doing what I love. I feel very privileged that God has given me such a gift. Of course, I give Him all the credit."

In addition to his expertise in illustration and graphic arts, Kevin Rucker is an avid woodworker and accomplished 3-D mural artist.

Memory and Metaphor by Joyce Vroon Opens In Display Gallery

I have recently enjoyed working in collage as a way of recycling and recombining the bits and pieces of our lives into a new form conveying new meaning. The collage artist treasures the qualities of materials, and the eye continually searches for possibilities in papers, objects, or images that can be used in unexpected ways. As we are living in a society that is striving to become paperless, some of these materials are threatened to extinction, making them even more cherished.

One becomes a collector-- finding value in both the cast off items as well as the treasures in the clutter of our lives. There is satisfaction in organizing this ephemera as well as in the delight at seeing an unexpected outcome.

Within this exhibit the work takes many forms using various metaphors. The theme “Homage Collage” provides a way to celebrate and pay tribute to loved ones through photographs and other memorabilia. Travel collages weave together souvenirs and images. Musical experiences are portrayed through tickets to events. Twigs collected on mountain walks are worked into a nature series. Newspaper snippets create a social commentary on the loss of one’s home in “Foreclosure.” Stamps and pens represent the demise of letter writing in “A Lost Art.” Images of ice cream recall the pleasures of childhood and a simpler time. Keys are used to unlock meaning, to link to the past, and to open new doors.

In creating collage one can be challenged to introduce elements of the past into a modern art form or to reflect on the experiences of the present in a deeply personal way.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Winter 2013 Reading List

The Friends of Smyrna Library recommend the following books for the winter reading season. This season’s featured book is Broken by Karin Slaughter.

A Wanted Man by Lee Child
America Again by Stephen Colbert
An Irish Country Wedding by Patrick Taylor
Betrayal by Danielle Steel
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott
Hide by Lisa Gardner
In The Garden Of Beasts by Erik Larson
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Into The Woods by Kim Harrison
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Mad River by John Sandford
NYPD Red by James Patterson
Phantom by Jo Nesbo
Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander
Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Sleep No More by Iris Johansen
The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Forgotten by David Baldacci
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Racketeer by John Grisham
The Sentry by Robert Crais
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer