MAY 16th @ 6:00 p.m.
Statesboro Regional Library
Save the date for our annual Friends of the Library meeting on Monday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Statesboro Regional Library. We will be electing Board members for the 2016-2018 term.
Our special guest will be local author and columnist, Kathy Bradley. A reception and book signing will follow after our business meeting and Kathy’s reading/talk.
Kathy Bradley is a native South Georgian who writes from her home in rural Bulloch County. She is a graduate of Wesleyan College from which she received an A.B. in American Studies and the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University from which she received a J.D.. She is an assistant district attorney, a newspaper columnist, author, and speaker.
About her second book:
In her second book of essays, Kathy Bradley continues her examination of the natural world as a prism through which to understand the human experience. With her family farm in the coastal plains of South Georgia serving as the anchor, Bradley uses her observations of animal life, agriculture,
and the seasons to create what others have called parables, but what she calls “a map key or decoder ring” for some of the dilemmas of twenty-first-century life.
Bradley shares the story of how, through wandering, she came to know the land that became her home and how that knowledge worked as ransom to gain her release from societal expectations. “Like numbness beginning to thaw,” she writes, “I felt the pinpricks of pain. I rambled with no purpose beyond looking in order to see, listening so that I might hear.”
The chronological stories, four years’ worth of tales that began life as newspaper columns, are inhabited by wild and unpredictable animals, civilized and unpredictable people, moons and cornfields, tides and floods and droughts – each described in sensory detail, each a metaphor rich in meaning. Bradley invites readers along on her wanderings in order that they might find their own meaning in the recounting of commonplace events and the lives of ordinary people.
Along the way, Bradley decides to build a labyrinth at the farm, a decision that brings a new perspective to her exploration of the world. “The deliberate and contemplative act of walking an actual labyrinth, the physical movements that I … imagined would mesh body and spirit and leave me enlightened, the slow and purposeful wandering toward a literal center and back out again has become, instead, a slow and purposeful wondering.”