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By Jonathan Grant:
Why don’t Cumming city officials use e-mail?
A bunch of old white men run Cumming, the Forsyth County seat. Last year, Mayor H. Ford Gravitt created a controversy by ejecting a citizen who was videotaping a City Council meeting–in clear violation of Georgia’s open meetings act. Politifact even weighed in on the case.
Fortunately, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has gotten involved to enforce the law, but old ways die hard up in the hills…
Q: Tell us a little about Brambleman.
A: It’s a novel about a homeless writer, Charlie Sherman, who is convinced by a mysterious stranger to finish a dead man’s book about a horrific crime that’s gone unpunished for decades. Charlie begins work on an epic manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia, in 1912. During the course of his work, Charlie uncovers a terrible secret involving the theft of a Forsyth County farm that is now worth…
Q: Why did you write Chain Gang Elementary?
A: I’m a writer, so I had to write something. I first started on a completely different project. When I became a PTA co-president at a high-achieving public school, I was interested in publishing a non- fiction book — a how-to guide for parent leaders taking over the reins of a parent-teacher group. And then I saw Murder at the PTA Luncheon . No, actually, while studying the subject, I came across this phrase, or something like it: “Every good school is fundamentally the same, but every bad school is unique.”
This got me thinking: Hmm…
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