Some of our country’s finest authors will join several of Georgia’s best-known talents this weekend at the Crossroads Writers Conference and Literary Festival.
As the publicity for this event rightly proclaims, this is “a weekend you can’t afford to miss.” If you’re a writer or dreaming of becoming one, Saturday’s Writers Conference is for you. Sunday’s Literary Festival is for those of us who love books and their authors.
This event, which only came into being in 2008, is growing exponentially and, along with the Macon Film Festival, is putting our city back on the creative map.
In the near future, the Crossroads folks plan to use the proceeds from these events to join the fight to improve literacy in the community through an after-school writing program and other efforts.
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The weekend’s activities begin tonight at the 567 Center for Renewal with the book launch party for “Writing on Napkins at the Sunshine Club,” an anthology of work by poets with a Macon connection. I’ve seen a copy of this collection and have to say that it’s going to make a superb Christmas present, especially for former residents who miss the talent that this area consistently spawns. For more information, visit www.crossroads writers.org.
If having several dozen big-name literary talents in town isn’t quite enough for your appetite, there’s plenty of action on stage. “Honk! Jr.” is at Theatre Macon for its final weekend. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” the Youth Actors Company production is a cute show for a variety of ages. Meanwhile, in Houston County the Perry Players will open the classic “Arsenic and Old Lace” on Friday night.
On top of this, the celebrated choral group Chanticleer is due into Mercer University’s Fickling Hall on Tuesday, while “Blast!” is headed for the Grand Opera House on Monday and Tuesday.
The opening concert of the Macon Symphony’s 2011-12 season came to an emotional close Saturday night when violinist Robert McDuffie concluded the evening by praising the great talent of Mercer University’s celebrated organist Robert Parris (whose funeral had been held that morning) and saluted Parris’ legacy with an emotionally charged solo performance of “How Great Thou Art.”
Contact Larry Fennelly at Larry Fennely@AvantGuild.com.