Grace Hawthorne at AJC Decatur Book Festival

SONY DSCSOS member Grace Hawthorne will be speaking and signing her first published novel,Shorter’s Way, at the AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) over the Labor Day Weekend.

Here is the information about Grace’s speaking and signing times from the DBF website.

For those attending from Atlanta, Grace will have Shorter’s Way T-shirts available – for FREE!  But be sure to let Grace know in advance if you’ll be there and want a T-shirt.  SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED.

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.

So this is a very big deal. Congratulations, Grace!

Campfire Story Concert, Sept. 28, 2013

Shivers, goose bumps, spine-tingles – and s’mores of course! You’ll find all of these things at the first annual Campfire Concert beginning at 7:30 PM on Saturday, September 28th at the Dawson County Public Library in Dawsonville, Georgia!

Join us around the campfire in the field behind the library for good, old-fashioned jump stories, music, s’mores and lots of fun! National storyteller Sherry Norfolk will headline the evening, joined by Southern Order of Storytelling members Betsy DotyDebbie Weston FromAnthony Vinson, and Tracy Sue Walker. Because these tales are of the spooky variety, this event is recommended for ages eight to adult.

This special event is being generously sponsored by the Southern Order of Storytellers, McEver Signs, the Dawson County Women’s Club, and Chestatee Regional Library System. This event is FREE! Fun will begin at 7:30 PM with music and s’mores, followed by stories.

So… when the leaves begin to fall and ghosts begin to moan, get ready for campfire story fun! Located in the beautiful North Georgia hills, the Dawson County Public Library is five minutes from the North Georgia Premium Outlets, twenty minutes from Dahlonega, and fifteen minutes from Amicalola Falls State Park. For more information, please contact the Dawson County Public library at 706-344-3690.

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Do Tell! Stories Under the Bell Tower, April 5, 2014

From the Saturday morning family workshop through the evening performance, audiences and tellers share a special journey, awakening emotions through tall tales, legends, folklore, and original stories. Between sessions, engage in conversations and discover the joy of recollection, while telling one’s own stories.

Tell Me a Story, Family Workshop, 10-11:30 (FREE)
A workshop for grandparents, parents, and children to help us all learn about the art of storytelling and how to share our lives with each other. Workshop led by the KSU Teller sand grandmother/granddaughter team of Ester Culver and BreAnn Culver.

Lunch and Listen, 12:00-1:00 ($5)
A family friendly performance of delightful, funny and inspiring stories by the KSU Tellers, Ester Culver, Barbara McBride-Smith and Donald Davis.

Pen to Paper Workshop, 2:00 – 4:00 pm ($10)
Storytelling Circle of Excellence recipient and author Donald Davis brings his mastery to workshop for adults and older students on the art of storytelling.

Do Tell! Stories under the Bell Tower, 7:30 pm (Non-Member $30 / Student $10)
A can’t miss, side-splitting, thought-provoking grand finale performance with Tellers Ester Culver, Barbara McBride-Smith and Donald Davis. Donald Davis probably said it best: “if we become dedicated listeners to the stories of others, ….we get to live through experiences that lie outside the canon of our own experiences. It is a wonderful ride.”

Three Invitations to Youth Storytellers

YOU ARE INVITED! – Three invitations to all Youth Storytellers

#1 All Youth Storytellers: YOU ARE INVITED to participate in the first annual Youth Day of Storytelling and Storytelling Day of Classes in Richmond, Virginia, at the National Storytelling Network (NSN) PreConference on July 31, 2013. Special classes and times for youth to tell stories are planned for that day by NSN’s Special Interest Group of YES (Youth, Education and Storytellers Alliance). For more details about this part of the Conference, please contact YES Board members: Anne Wallace at or Debbie Weston-From at

#2 All Youth Storytellers: YOU ARE INVITED to tell stories at Emerging Voices at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. If you are interested, please contact one of the coordinators: LaDoris Bias Davis at, Esther Culver at, or Anne Wallace at

#3 All Youth Storytellers: YOU ARE INVITED to participate in the annual Georgia Youth Storytellers’ competition. More information will be forthcoming, but please contact one of the ladies listed above for more information.

“Appalachian Evening,” May 25, 2013

SOS Members Jan Cribbs, Debbie Weston From and Hannah From will be telling during an “Appalachian Evening,” an evening of music and storytelling at the Center Theatre, Sautee Nacoochee Community Association on Saturday, May 25, at 7:30 PM –

Part of the audience will be a tour group organized by the German-American Institute (GAI). Initially founded by the American Military Government in Germany in 1946, the GAI has become a bi-national institute and a meeting place for members of both nations, where points of view can be discussed and values, ideals and cultural achievements can be exchanged. A college friend of Jan’s teaches an English language course at the GAI in Tübingen, Germany, and will be leading this group through their experience of some of the American South – and Appalachia. Talk about a cultural experience!