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Books and Bites

by Luke Osteen

Highlands’ Hudson Library will host author Kristy Woodson Harvey, author of the Peachtree Bluff series about life in a quirky Southern town, on August 1. Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor presents his take on life in a quirky Southern town on August 30.

Hudson Library will host author Kristy Woodson Harvey for its Books & Bites presentation, 12:30 P.M. Thursday, August 1.

Harvey, whose “The Southern Side of Paradise,” the third in her Peachtree Bluff series, was just published, will read excerpts from her novel, talk about her writing process, and answer questions from her audience. There’ll also be light bites and refreshments for everyone.

Admission is free and the program is open to everyone, including those who do not have a library card.

The Peachtree Bluff series has won a national audience for Harvey. The three books are centered on a woman whose three adult daughters return to her in their hometown of Peachtree Bluff. Over the course of the novels, readers are given glimpses into the hearts and minds of the four women (and the men and children in their lives). Their tales are poignant and tender, with flashes of humor that can only be found in small town Southern life.

Harvey’s other books, “Dear Carolina” and “Lies and Other Acts of Love” have been equally well-received and demonstrate a natural storyteller’s ability to capture personalities and events and settings that capture the South in all its passion and contradictions.

While we’re on the subject of quirky Southern towns peopled with interesting characters, everyone is invited to join Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor on 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 30, for the latest session of the Mayor’s Community Coffee. It’s always a lively discussion about the town, its people, and any topic that may come up.