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Best-selling author Ray featured at The Write Place festival in Statesboro
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STATESBORO — Janisse Ray, environmentalist and New York Times best-selling author, is one of six featured authors at Statesboro: The Write Place writing festival.

The three-day festival begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, with a reading by the featured authors at the Averitt Center for the Arts. Ray, best known for “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood,” will read from “The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food,” the story of individuals and groups trying to preserve America’s traditional food.

Also scheduled to appear:

• Stephanie Tames, whose father photographed presidents for The New York Times, will share stories from her upcoming memoir about George Tames’ life and work.

• David Dudley will read from his novel, “Caleb’s War,” a story about growing up black on the World War II home front in segregated Georgia.

• Poet Emma Bolden will read from her three published collections, including “How to Recognize a Lady,” and from her newest work.

• Jared Sexton, whose fiction has been published in national magazines, will offer work from his short-story collection, “An End to All Things.”

• Laura Valeri will read from her collection of short stories, “The Kind of Things Saints Do,” and from her forthcoming collection, “Safe in Your Head.”

Other festival events include an “open mic” reading at 7 p.m. Friday at the Georgia Southern City Campus in downtown Stateboro. On Saturday, Nov. 3, three writers’ workshops will be held: a memoir-writing program led by Ray at 8:30 a.m. at the Statesboro Public Library; a program led by Sarah Domet, author of “90 Days to Your Novel,” at 10 a.m. in the Statesboro Inn; and a session on working as a professional by travel writer Mary Ann Anderson at 11:30 a.m. at the Statesboro Inn. The workshops are free, but reservations are required. Call 800-568-3301 or 912-489-1869 or email

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