Savannah, Georgia-born author Aberjhani has been included among the authors invited to participate in his hometown’s Local Author Day on March 27, 2022, from 1-4 p.m., in Lafayette Square downtown across from the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. The event is free and open to the public.
Aberjhani’s works as a writer, and editor, include: memoirs, fiction, poetry, and history ranging from titles on the Harlem Renaissance to volumes on Savannah during the Civil War.
He has also in recent years won recognition as an artist and photographer. One of his most notable image series was created in support of efforts to change the name of the Eugene Talmadge Bridge due to its association with white supremacy. Much of his art in general reflects different social, political, and spiritual concerns.
“Like pretty much everybody else, I’ve had to cancel different appearances over the past couple of years because of the pandemic,” said Aberjhani, “so hopefully Local Author Day can help me make up for some of those missed dates while also supporting what has become a major cultural arts happening.”
He added that due to ongoing supply chain issues, copies of his newest works are limited and readers wishing to purchase books or artwork should arrive early to do so.
Local Author Day began in 2013. Writers sign and sell their works for the occasion by invitation only. In addition to giving readers the opportunity to interact with area writers, the event also features the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Parade, in recognition of O’Connor’s birth in Savannah and her worldwide literary influence. These and other activities help generate funds to support the nonprofit O’Connor Home’s various public programs. It is sponsored by the Home in partnership with The Book Lady Bookstore.
“It’s really good to see Savannahians paying tribute to a literary icon like O’Connor,” said Aberjhani, “and I look forward to the day we see comparable acknowledgements in the city of James Alan McPherson. He was another Savannah-born cultural arts hero who happens to have been the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and whose writings remain influential.”
In the event of inclement weather on March 27, Local Author Day will take place April 3rd. For more information please email the Book Lady at Books@thebookladybookstore.com or phone 912-233-3628.
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