Ray Atkins in Cartersville
GHC Alum and Successful Author to Read His Work in Cartersville
Raymond Atkins, celebrated writer from Rome who brings the Northwest Georgia region to life, will be reading from his latest novel, Camp Redemption, on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the GHC library in Cartersville. There will be two readings, at 4 and 6 p.m. The public is invited, and admission is free.
Atkins is an alumnus of Floyd Junior College, Highlands’ first name, having earned his associate degree in psychology. He finished his baccalaureate degree at Shorter College (now University) in behavioral science. But while at GHC, he discovered his love for writing, publishing work in the student publications The Old Red Kimono and Six Mile Post,. both of which endure today.
After earning his degrees he worked for the next 25 years in the manufacturing sector, retiring in 2008 when he began to focus seriously on his writing. He also pursued a Master of Arts in professional writing from Kennesaw State University. His first novel, The Front Porch Prophet, was published in 2008 and won Georgia Author of the Year for First Novel. The next year he published his second novel, Sorrow Wood.
In 2011, Atkins began teaching a few English courses at GHC, and in 2012 he became a full-time instructor of English at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. But he continued writing.
Earlier this year his third book, Camp Redemption, was published by Mercer University Press. Fans of Southern authors like William Faulkner, Pat Conroy and Anne Rivers Siddons will be drawn to his lyrical prose so typical of these regional writers.
Atkins will be available after the readings to sign books that attendees may purchase there.