Renowned author coming to school system

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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A New York Times Bestselling author is set to visit Morgan County students on Tuesday, Sept. 12 to perform a reading as part of a program with The Morgan County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education and The One Morgan Writers’ Workshop. Joshilyn Jackson will conduct workshops with students during the day and then perform a public literary reading at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Madison on Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m.

According to a press release, New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of seven novels and a novella: The Opposite of Everyone, Someone Else’s Love Story,  Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and the novella My Own Miraculous. On July 11, 2 she released Almost Sisters. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, three times been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and three times been shortlisted for the Townsend prize.

A former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of her novels; her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award, was selected by AudioFile Magazine for their best of the year list, has made the 2012 Audible All-Star list for highest listener ranks/reviews, and garnered three Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly. In 2012 Jackson began reading the audio versions of books written by other novelists.

She serves on the board of Reforming Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to providing theatre infused liberal arts education to women who are under carceral control in Georgia. Through their education-in-prison and reentry programs, Reforming Arts fosters the development of critical and creative thinking skills, encouraging students to build livable lives. Joshilyn volunteers inside Lee Arrendale State Prison, teaching creative writing courses and facilitating a new literary magazine/newsletter that the students are producing.

Mrs. Jackson will be spending her day at Morgan County Middle School, where she will workshop student writing.

The One Morgan Writers’ Workshop is bringing writers into town to work with our students all year.

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