September is almost here, and with it, East Georgia State College and their community partners will present the NEA Big Read featuring Earnest Gaines’ novel A Lesson Before Dying. A kickoff will be held Tuesday, September 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the East Georgia State College gymnasium, located at 131 College Circle in Swainsboro. There will be children’s story time activities, and attendees can pick up their free copy of A Lesson Before Dying and enjoy a special free Cajun meal while supplies last. The entire community is encouraged to come out and enjoy.
Set in 1940s Louisiana, A Lesson Before Dying opens as a judge sentences a young man, Jefferson, to death by electrocution. The sole survivor of a liquor store shooting, he is convicted of murder and relies on visits from the local teacher, Grant Wiggins, to face his fate with dignity. The novel confronts death and social injustice through the growing bond of two men from a small community who both fight the limitations of their surroundings.
The companion book for children, Patty Lovell’s Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, tells the story of a small girl who learns to embrace her clumsiness, large teeth, and strange voice by following the advice of her grandmother.
Community partners for the Big Read include Franklin Memorial Library, the Emanuel County Board of Education, the Mill Creek Foundation and the EGSC Vision Series. For more information about this and more of the Big Read events happening in September, visit www.ega.edu/bigread or www.neabigread.org/communities/?community_id=2256. There are many more events to come, so keep an eye out and don’t miss these great events!